The first zero waste supermarket is here!

 

The first zero waste supermarket is here and it’s in Germany, Berlin. Sarah Wolf and Milena Glimbowski decided to open this supemarket after seeing all the waste that went into packaging products. So, they launched a crowfunding campaign in May and managed to get the funds.

But what exactly is a zero waste supermarket? Well it is quite simple. All food is sold in bulk and customers have to bring their own packaging or containers. The founders said ” When out shopping we find a lot of super colourful items with super colourful packaging. What we tend to forget is that those packagings are only waste at the end of the day. We each produce 250 kilograms of waste every year. We believe there is another way. We believe we can change this.”

The supermarket will try to sell also locally organic sourced foods. But what can you find in a supermarket that has no packaging? Well according to the owners, you can get pasta, cereals, cheese, and whey in cellophane-free containers, jars and glass bottles, unwrapped fruits and vegetables.

Want not to waste your food? Give it away through an app!

Would you donate half your lunch to someone instead of throwing it if you had too much to eat? How about eating half of someone’s lunch?

At first this idea gave me chills, however if you look more into this matter you would find out that you would actually help the environment and the waste of food.  According to The Guardian, statistics show that developed countries throw away about 40 % of their food. That is almost half. Imagine half of the food we buy thrown away in the garbage. When you think about it, you actually waste a lot of money, too.

For a while nobody knew how to solve this matter, until a few applications and websites came with some pretty good ideas.

One of them is called Leftover Swap and it’s an application that helps people share their leftovers. How does it work? Let’s say you bought or cooked too much pizza. You would take a picture of your food, uploaded on this application and if someone wants it, they can come and get it . You would say maybe it’s disgusting to eat a stranger’s pizza but already 10,000 users from  USA, Europe, Asia and Australia are doing it.

Another helpful website is foodsharing.de although this one works just for people in Germany. Barbara Merhart, the coordinator of this website said “The original idea was for people to post on our website if they had leftovers in the fridge that they wanted to give away. But now shops, bakeries and restaurants are participating as well.” Unlike the Leftover Swap, this organisation is non profit.

 

Award winning video explains why we waste food

Here’s an interesting award winning animation called ” Food rules for healthy people and planet”, that discusses the food crisis ( which allegedly exists)and how we use our resources.

Apparently in 2013 there was a food shortage, however we produced enough food to feed 11 billion people. So what went wrong and what is going wrong, why some people have enough to eat, they have even the luxury of choosing what to eat, while others starve?

The video explains how from the food we produced, about half was not eaten by humans, but it was fed to the animals ( pigs, chickens, etc) that we eat. The thing is that it is not a question of how much land we have to produce the food for us, but how we use the food that we produce.

The United Nations Environment Programme says that one third of the food produced in 2013 was thrown away. One third! But this is not food mainly thrown by consumers, as a part of it it is wasted due to mismanagement of storing conditions, harvesting techniques and a lack of coordination between parties involved in producing the food.

Happy Environment Day!

 

 

Today, 5th of June 2013 the whole world celebrates World Environment Day. It is an international event that is celebrated every year in order to bring awareness about the environment and also to encourage people to take action in improving or protecting their environment.  This years’s theme is “ Think. Eat. Save.” and it was chosen in order to bring attention to the global waste of food.

 

This year’s country host is Mongolia and this event is rich with activities such as launching their first wind farm, flash mobs, dances and marathons.

 

If you want to help the environment, you can help making a difference just by doing small things in your every day routine.

What you can do

 

1. Recycle

 

2. Don’t waste food.  Make compost!

 

3.  Donate

(your old clothes, shoes, electronics) instead of throwing it in the garbage.

 

4. Don’t waste energy!

( for example if you leave a room, turn off the light, turn off electronics if you leave the house)

 

5. Save water

( put a shorter cycle on the washing machine, it will also save you money)

 

6. Buy local

It will help reduce transportation emissions and help local farmers and traders.

 

7. Go green

If you have a garden you can transform it into a vegetable and fruit garden and if you don’t have a garden you can grow herbs in pots.

 

8. Buy only food that you need

If you buy big quantities of food you might end up throwing half of it because it expires.

 

9. Travel by bus or train

Help reduce the carbon omissions whenever you can by choosing the bus instead of your car or motorbike.

 

10. Bring awareness

By joining a local environmental group you will help bringing awareness and it will make you feel good about yourself.

 

For more information about this event and any other ideas about helping the environment, visit http://www.unep.org/wed/

 

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