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Wastelife

Understanding waste as food form transition rather than irrelevance.

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Years back when i started my food production business, i would throw a way thousands of tonnes of test products as waste including dairies and flour-based products. In 2013, we wasted over 10,000pcs of 50cl yogurt for one reason or the other. Years later, it is clearer that those so wasted products just went through a transformation of state, which could have been applied to some other areas. It is important that food be seen this way to "un-waste" them.

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

There are technologies to convert food into other useful forms no matter their state.

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Thank you for your contribution, Francis! This post actually reminds me of my friend who has her own chocolate business. She often writes posts on her Facebook page asking if anyone would like to have her "rejects" for free.

Would this have been an option for your business or would the “waste” have to be transformed into another product?

Could it be transformed into products similar to the ones described in the links below?

https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/food-waste/research/commonwealth-kitchen-boston-turning-surplus-produce-into-value-added-products-supporting-farms-creating-jobs-improving-food-access

https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/food-waste/research/food-waste-into-feed-user-guide

https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/food-waste/research/junk-food-literally-gourmet-meals-made-from-the-trash

Photo of Francis Leye

Thanks Kate for stopping by! My situation actually occurs at all levels of food businesses (small, medium, or large). The option for me would have been to transform these into another product. I believe that none of the above solutions captures the kind of products i have in mind. Meanwhile, I'm already working on a solution that i will share at the Idea Phase, a solution i bet you will like.

Thumbs up.

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Thank you, Francis! It is only 8 days until the ideas phase. I look forward to seeing your post. :-)