After our “Imperfect Foods at Waitrose” post from a few weeks ago, we keep on seeing a clear rise in how (food) retailers are making moves in reducing their waste footprint.
Sainsbury's teamed up with Google to create a tool that provides suggestions on how to use the food you'd otherwise be chucking out.
On the website, called Food Rescue, you can say (or type) what foodstuffs you have an it'll find a range of recipes that use those ingredients. In a bid to get more people involved, the supermarket chain will record the weight of food rescued and calculate the money saved in each recipe. That information will then be added to a real-time leaderboard of top 'rescuers' across the UK.
Google plays a small but vital role in proceedings by lending the same voice-recognition tech that powers its search engine to the supermarket's new mobile and online tool.
Users can type in up to nine ingredients they have in their fridge or cupboards to the Sainsbury's Food Rescue website, which will then showcase relevant recipes from its database of 1,200.
German supermarket concept Original Unverpackt is taking a different approach to food waste, by removing all of the packaging from its store. Original Unverpackt will ask shoppers to bring their own containers to collect food, allowing them to buy only the amount of produce that they need. The concept is currently raising money on crowdfunding site Startnext, and has already made nearly five times its original target of €20,000.