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Resvinn - Less waste, more food

Methods to reduce food waste in Sweden


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Study visit to a kitchen, a chef shows checks the expiry date on a raw material.

Helping Each Other

The food wasted globally every year could feed 2 billion people- and today we have nearly 1 billion under-nourished people in the world.

There is no single solution to a complex issue like food waste. Resvinn focusses on ”surplus food”* early in the consumption flow, before it becomes classified as ”food waste””**, by helping restaurants, schools, and charities save surplus food from shops and wholesalers.

By showing the possibilities to cook good food from ingredients that are often wasted at home on in store, students and restaurant goers are inspired to think differently. Since we need to think and rethink to continue to reduce food waste in Swedish homes.

* Surplus food is food that can be eaten but is at risk of being thrown away because it cannot be sold, e.g. a sad tomato or a package of potatoes where the best-before date has passed in the store.

** Food waste is food that has been thrown away, but could be sold or eaten if handled differently.

Think Globally, Act Locally

Lessons learned and insights have been gathered together into recommendations, guides, and education materials in five important areas: logistics, business models, Behaviors, IT systems and Restaurant Adjustments.

In this way new companies and organisations get a flying start in setting up their own collaborations. The key is that it happens locally. The food often has a short life span and we don't want to create more waste from long transport times.

95 tom rescued food, 7 cities, 50 organizations
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Food's Value

Around a third of the worlds food goes to waste or 1,3 billion tonnes per year. A fundamental problem is that it is too cheap to throw out food relative to the actions needed to save it. In all cases investigated and tested it was cheaper to pay for waste management than transporting the same amount of excess food.

To change the system there must be a clear economic cost connected to throwing away food.

Source: UNEP Food Waste Index Report 2021

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