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.
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.
“[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