The time has come for us to be more in touch with our kitchens.
For most of us, the kitchen represents the hub of the home, where we spend some of the best moments with friends and family. However, it is also the primary setting of where our hidden shame lies.
We are all guilty of contributing to the millions of tons of food thrown away each year.
Food waste is a major issue in the UK, with many households unaware that they are even part of the problem and for those who are wanting to change their bad habits are unsure where to start.
The answer to a quick fix for better management and sustainability in the kitchen is….technology.
We have plenty of kitchen gadgets that aid in cooking, meal preparation and serving. But, very few that tackle the other end – food waste.
Start-up Smarter: Fresh recipes for a smart kitchens
‘The British start-up Smarter is already one of Britain’s flagship start-ups in the field of smart home appliances. The smart home pioneers focus on the kitchen, the place where people like to come together.’
More than one third of the world’s food is lost or wasted, matching up to a global economy loss of $940 billion every year according to WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme).
If food loss and waste were a country it would be the third largest greenhouse emitter on the planet.
It’s not acceptable and a vicious cycle is being created, not only is food waste bad for the environment, it also makes us spend even more money on more food.
Efficiency in the Kitchen to Reduce Food Waste
New York Times reported last year that Seattle nation’s first citywide composting program based largely on shame.
The city of San Francisco was the first to make its citizens compost food, but Seattle is the first to punish people with a fine if they don’t. In a country that loses about 31 percent of its food to waste, policies like Seattle’s are driven by environmental, social and economic pressure.
Back home in the United Kingdom, WRAP’s findings uncover a dark truth that continues to fester in our kitchens.
Of it’s three major studies published in 2013 and 2016, WRAP estimates annual food waste arisings within UK households, hospitality and food service, food manufacture, retail and wholesale sectors at around 10 million tonnes, 60% of which could have been avoided.
This has a value of over £17 billion a year and is associated with around 20 million tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Around 85% (by weight) of the avoidable food waste arises in households and food manufacture, although waste arising in one part of the supply chain is certainly influenced by other parts of the chain.
Where’s the tech innovations at?
There are infact hundreds of commercial and nonprofit entities that are turning the food waste problem into an opportunity for impact, ReFED Food Waste Innovator Database has complied a vast collection of those (including Smarter’s FridgeCam) taking the fight to food waste.
It’s inventive initiatives like ReFED that help unlock new philanthropic and investment capital, along with technology, business, and policy innovation, which is projected to create tens of thousands of new jobs, recover billions of meals annually for the hungry, and reduce national water use and greenhouse gas emissions.