This Store Lets You Pay What You Can For Groceries That Would Otherwise Be Tossed

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This supermarket is anything but trashy.

The Real Junk Food Project (RJFP), an organization that combats food waste, recently opened what it calls “the warehouse,” a supermarket in the English town of Pudsey. Unlike your typical grocer, it sells other stores’ surplus food for a “pay as you feel” price, The Independent reports.

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Through its supermarket, the group’s goal is to not only prevent edible food from being sent to landfills, but also to provide families in need with a more affordable grocery option, The Huffington Post UK noted.

 

An investigation by the Evening Standard revealed that supermarkets in the United Kingdom throw out a shocking $299 million worth of edible food a year. Part of the problem is that stores reject food items because there simply isn’t room for it, according to an op-ed written for the BBC by English celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Another problem, he says, is that large supermarkets try to overstock items so that their shelves never look bare.

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“[T]hese big retailers are so big they can afford to sell only a proportion of ‘units’ and discard the rest,” Fearnley-Whittingstall writes. “Waste – hundreds of thousands of tonnes of it – is built into the system.

Source: Huffington Post

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