Food waste has been on the agenda for a while. And that’s for a good reason. Despite the fact that Denmark prioritizes food waste reduction, there is still much we can do. If we reach targets and reduce to an absolute minimum, private homes and businesses can save millions of dollars and, in particular, the environment gets a happy smiley.
Denmark is one of the countries in the world who does the most to reduce food waste. Various initiatives in Danish organizations have been launched to put food waste on the agenda. Stop Spild af Mad is the country’s leading interest organization struggling to reduce food waste. The organization was founded by Selina Juul and has started a number of movements since 2008. Among other things, she has had the effect that Rema1000 has run the concept of moving from volume discounts to discounts on simple products. Max Skov Hansen, distributor at Rema1000, has previously spoken to The Independent in England:
“Earlier we throw 80-100 bananas into the bin every day. But after we made the campaign “Take me. I’m single “, we reduced the daily waste of bananas by 90%.”
This is just a simple example of how food waste is taken seriously in the Danish retail industry. The restaurant industry is following up with genius initiatives as well. Too Good To Go is a good example of this. This company helps restaurants, cafes and bakeries to get rid of the remains of today’s food production by offering it at a cheap price to the end user.
More initiatives in the industry
Restaurants, institutions, canteens, big scale kitchens, cafes and more, account for a relatively large proportion of the total food waste in Denmark. They collect 60,000 tonnes of food each year. This corresponds to approx. 8% of the total amount. The quantities and food varies from kitchen to kitchen, but according to the Ministry of Environment and Food, it is especially vegetables, fruits and bread that are being thrown into the bin. The causes are, among other things, discarded residues, last expiry date or surplus from food production. Several efforts have been done to combat this, including the efforts from Too Good To Go and Daka Refood. Some of the food products are not eatable and this is where Daka Food comes into the picture. At Daka Refood, they collect (ex. frying oil) and reuse food waste and use it in the production of biogas, which is a green and CO2-friendly alternative to combustion. They recycle frying oil as 2nd generation biodiesel, which is a green substitute for fossil fuels.
Win the fight before cooking the food
In Denmark, it has gradually become a must to apply all parts of a commodity. Among other things, restaurants use the top of a carrot for a pesto, potato peel for frittered potato, etc. In other words, there is a good reason to think in alternatives before throwing the food into the bin.
In CalcuEasy you can always take food waste into account on all your food. At commodity level, you can indicate waste and conversion rates so you know exactly what you have left after peeling a potato or how many salad leaves you have after the top of a kilo of beetroot is cut. It gives you a complete overview of your production costs and at the same time you have an overview of what’s left when you’ve prepared your commodities. And the remains can (almost) always be used in different ways.
Let’s continue to reduce food waste. CalcuEasy can be your tool to achieve the goal!