Food Waste is Out of Control
We’re all guilty of wasting food occasionally. It’s a huge issue in the U.S., and it’s easy to do when we live busy lives. Whether we’re forgetting our leftovers or buying more than we’ll use, it’s estimated that between 30-40% of our food supply goes uneaten. Over 130 billion pounds of food is wasted annually, an amount that costs us nearly $165 billion.
Imperfect Foods was founded in 2015 to combat this problem. They ship healthy, seasonal produce that isn’t able to be sold in grocery stores. These imperfections could range from cosmetic issues, surplus supply, being discontinued, or farmers simply can’t find a local buyer.
Imperfect Foods offers a discount of up to 30%, while also providing other affordable grocery staples, and quality eggs and dairy. Since its founding, the company has been able to save over 100 million pounds of food that would have been otherwise wasted. Finally, doing the right thing doesn’t have to cost more!
A Box of Ugly Produce
After some research, the team at Oly Eats decided to try Imperfect Foods for ourselves (they offer office delivery!) to see just how good of a deal it is. In our first box, we ordered broccoli, tomatoes, avocados, oranges, carrots, beets, and other essentials like milk and eggs. Right off the bat, I noticed that most of these items were around the same price I normally find them for at the supermarket.
For me, not having to go into the chaotic mess that is my local, jam-packed grocery store is a blessing. A blessing that I expected to pay extra for. Yet, the delivery fee is normally $4.99-$5.99, which I would gladly pay to avoid the crowd.
Another cool feature the company offers shows how much of an impact you’ve made with your orders. After only ordering one box with Imperfect Foods, I saved 6 pounds of food, 240 gallons of water, over 20 lbs of CO2 emissions.
If you don’t think Imperfect Foods is right for you…
There are still many other changes you can make in your own daily life to help reduce food waste. Some tips from Mashable include:
Plan out your meals, so you don’t buy more than you need at the store
Don’t over-serve food at meals
Save (and actually eat) your leftovers
Avoid clutter in your pantry and fridge
Donate to food banks and farms
Try canning and pickling to use up your fruits and veggies
…and so many more! Get creative with new recipes and practice using what you have leftover