Food waste and sustainability news - Spring/summer 2023
Let's shine some light on the good people and companies are doing right now. In this blog post the light falls on Marks & Spencer, Ecover and Coldplay who seperately made efforts for a better future!
M&S is changing from use-by dates to best-before dates on milk
Marks & Spencer is scrapping use-by dates on milk to prevent waste. Nearly all major British grocers have recently been removing use-by dates in favor of best-before dates or eliminating them altogether for certain products. M&S has now joined this movement to reduce food waste in grocery stores, estimating significant waste savings in households. The concept behind this change is to encourage customers to rely on their senses instead of blindly trusting the date on the packaging. According to Wrap, milk ranks as the third most wasted food item, following potatoes and bread, with the main reason being failure to consume it before the use-by date. To learn more about this topic, click here.
Coldplay's sustainable tour
Coldplay drastically reduces the band's carbon footprint on their new tour. The renowned band has recently released a statement shedding light on their efforts to create a more sustainable tour. They have donated 3,770 meals and 73 kg of toiletries from their tour catering to the unsheltered and unhoused. Additionally, the results they have achieved so far include diverting 66% of all waste from landfills, planting 5 million trees (one for each ticket sold), and having an average of 86% of the reusable, plant-based LED wristbands used by the audience returned after shows. Each performance generates an average of 15 kWh of power through in-venue solar installations, kinetic dance floors, and power bikes—enough to power the C-stage performance each night and provide the crew with charging stations for their phones, laptops, and tools. To read the full statement, click here.
Cleaning products made from food waste from Ecover
Ecover's cleaning products made from food waste. Ecover has introduced a limited edition series of cleaning products made from food waste. Their multi-surface cleaner spray is composed of 97% food waste, while the toilet cleaner contains 81% food waste. Potato peels are given a second life as cleaning surfactants, and leftover beer is transformed into ethanol for these products. Even the fragrance is derived from leftover fruit. As Ecover says, waste is only waste if we waste it. Read more about their innovative approach here.
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