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How we do it: Reducing food waste

25th February 2015
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Reducing food waste is a hot topic and there are many ways we can reduce our
impact at home – mainly through our own recycling behaviour, but
significantly, through our buying habits. It was one of our key
motivators when setting up Farmdrop, as we felt we could provide a much
less wasteful way of selling food.

Currently
in the UK, over 2 million tonnes of fresh produce are wasted each year
in the supply chain. This stat comes from WRAP who work with the UK
Government to help deliver their policies on waste prevention and resource efficiency.  

Waste
is caused at different points within the supply chain. Sadly, it’s
mainly caused by produce which doesn’t even reach its intended retail
outlet due to oversupply or not meeting requirements. Incorrect demand
forecasting or damage to produce during transport and storage at the
many depots it will go through are also key causes. The latter alone are
said to produce 100,000 to 150,000 tonnes of waste a year.

Farmdrop
helps reduce food waste because our producers only need to harvest,
bake or make what has been ordered by customers on a drop day. This
results in zero waste for producers, as everything they bring to us has
already been sold. So simple, yet so effective. 

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