Not many people know this about me but I am a huge advocate of food saving and eliminating food waste as much as possible. What this means is that when I go out to a restaurant, when there are leftovers, I will always pack it home to enjoy the next day because I don’t want the food to go to waste. When I go out to eat with family, I will even take it further by bringing our own Tupperware or glass containers in case of food leftovers so I don’t even have to use their containers (especially those non-eco-friendly Styrofoam ones) to cut down on disposable waste. (Perhaps it was my upbringing in an Asian and Buddhist family, but to waste food when there are others out there who are starving and in need of extra food, throwing out perfectly edible food is a sin and preventable offence to me.)
In any case, my friend Luna reached out to me because she and her friends are aware of the growing crisis in food waste around us and decided to built a start-up to rid the world of food waste in a sustainable way. Many restaurants end up with lots of food waste at the end of each day. Their product aims to turn food waste into renewable energy and organic fertilizer.
Below is their message to you and gives you some info about their product:
Attention Foodies: There’s a tragedy taking place around us. About 40% of all the food produced in Canada ends up in the garbage. Imagine for a second the most delicious meal you’ve had last month. Now imagine that before you even took a bite, someone came along and scooped nearly half of it into a garbage bin. It would make you very sad, wouldn’t it?
Okay, maybe this isn’t quite like that, but anyone can see that we have a huge problem with food waste. Fortunately, there is hope. Everflux Technologies has just invented the first user-friendly, fully automated, “airless composter” that can turn food waste into renewable energy and organic fertilizer, at an affordable price. In fact, this breakthrough technology will save the average restaurant thousands of dollars a year on their gas and garbage bills.
Now they’ve been entered into Tech.Co’s Start Up of the Year competition and to get to the next round in Silicon Valley, they need your help. You can read more about Everflux and their vision in this recent blog post from their CEO.
Fellow foodies, please vote for them in the link below and help create a future where no grain of rice (or crumb of bread) gets left behind.
The deadline to vote is this Friday, August 5th, so time is of the essence!
Here is a photo of their prototype:
Hopefully you can help them get into the next round by voting for them before this Friday. Again, the link to vote is here.
Despite it all, let’s all personally try to cut down on food waste by eating whatever that we put on our plate, and if not, to save it by taking it home to eat the next day — and if you’re already at home, don’t throw out the food; simply just put it into the fridge. Most of us live in a first-world country and can afford that luxury of reducing food waste whenever we can.
Good luck to Everflux Technologies and thanks for reading! 🙂