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Real Wrap Co. - Waste Not Want Not
Waste Not Want Not
by Chloe Somerville Friday, 22nd of March, 2019

Food waste is undeniably a global issue with over 1/3 of all food produced going to waste. It is estimated that the average UK family will waste over £800 worth of food each year, which collectively adds up to £15 billion per year. Despite all this waste however, there are still 8.4 million people in the UK struggling to afford to eat, which is the equivalent to the entire population of London.

In light of this, we are very excited to announce that we are now working alongside FareShare South West to tackle the growing issues around both food waste and food poverty.

FareShare South West is a Bristol-based charity taking quality, in-date surplus food from the food industry into their warehouse in St Judes, then redistribute it to over 180 charities, schools and community groups across the region. They in turn transform the food into meals for people in need. Each year, they rescue around 400 tonnes of perfectly good food from going to waste.

Tackling food waste has always been something we have been keen to address. We have spent a lot of time over the last few years looking for innovative ways to reduce our impact; we send the majority of our food waste to anaerobic digestion, which is then turned into electricity, gas, electricity and fertiliser for our home city of Bristol.

We have also engaged with local brewery Wiper and True, to create Toast ale, created using our waste bread; Micro-brewed in the centre of Bristol to make craft ale available in several Bristol pubs. These two waste management methods have allowed us to reach our goal of zero food waste to landfill. This achievement was recognised by South West Green 50, where we won the people’s choice award in 2017.