Help Us End Food waste
Food waste is a big, ugly problem. We know we can't tackle it all by ourselves. That's why we'd love to have you join our cause. Here are just a few ways you can get involved:
Waste happens at every step in the supply chain, from farmers to distributors, wholesalers to grocers. And us consumers are no exception. UglyFruit is focusing its efforts upstream, where we can make the biggest impact – at the grower, distributor and wholesale levels. Do you know anyone in these industries with zero waste ambitions?
Buy Ugly, Buy Local
Go for that blemished pear... or the bell pepper with the dark sunburnt side... or that potato over there with the knobby growth that kind of looks like your Aunt Terry's bunion. Okay, that's gross. But seriously, while we at UglyFruit try to create delicious snacks by blending together as many ugly fruits and veggie combinations as possible, we'll never be able to capture all of them.
Local has become a buzzword these days. But the truth is, the more we support local agriculture, the more we discourage long haul shipping of produce across states, countries and continents. Not only do you get the freshest produce, but buying local helps your community and the environment.
When 40% of our fruits and vegetables are thrown away, we also throw away the energy and resources that went in to producing it – an estimated 25% of all freshwater and huge amounts of unnecessary chemicals, energy, and land, according to the NRDC. Currently, almost all of our food waste ends up rotting in landfills where organic matter accounts for 16% of U.S. methane emissions – a greenhouse gas 30 times more potent than CO2.
Composting food scraps and other organic waste can help combat this.