Can table scraps save the planet?

Food startups are embracing the circular economy by repurposing food waste.

There are many culprits of climate change, but a big one is food waste.

Can table scraps save the planet?

According to the UN Environment Programme, food waste makes up 8%-10% of greenhouse gas emissions, and accounts for $940B in annual economic losses globally. Yikes.

Enter the circular economy…

… which refers to repurposing waste rather than tossing it to a landfill.

While the concept applies to various industries (e.g., fashion, tech), the circular food space is thriving by bringing table scraps back to life.

Examples include:

  • Loop Mission, which buys extra and/or ugly produce that would otherwise go untouched, and squeezes it into juices and other products.
  • Pulp Pantry, which takes veggie pulp that’s typically discarded post-juicing, and turns it into chips.
  • Silo, a fine dining restaurant in London, which repurposes would-be food waste to create new dishes.

Besides making new food…

… other startups are building tech to help chefs track their waste. Winnow, which makes software-enabled kitchen tools, helps commercial kitchens track waste to improve planning for the future — it’s already saved 36.5m meals.

While munching on old table scraps might not sound appetizing, it’s probably not as bad as you think. Last year, Mark Cuban picked Pulp Pantry as 1 of his 5 favorite holiday gifts.

BTW, for more Pulp Pantry and Cuban, check out “Shark Tank” tomorrow, where founder Kaitlin Mogentale is set to appear.

Topics: Food

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