New Zealand food rescue app Foodprint is calling on the public and local eateries to do better by the planet and change the way we treat food.
To mark International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste on 29 September, the app is introducing the Foodprint Pledge to reconfirm their commitment to tackling food waste and to remind users that food is made to be eaten.
Each year in Aotearoa, a staggering 50,000 tonnes of food from the hospitality and food retail sectors is wasted. Additionally, we waste 157,389 tonnes from our homes. Committing to reducing this waste has both environmental and social benefits.
“Over the last year Foodprint has built up an incredibly loyal community who are passionate about reducing food waste for the sake of the planet. We wanted to create a space for this community to show their commitment and continue their learning journey with us,” says founder Michal Garvey.
International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste was introduced by the United Nations to observe and raise awareness of the problem with food loss and waste. By recognising the problem, the day also promotes solutions, global efforts and collective actions in food waste reduction.
In July, Foodprint introduced a world-first for a food ordering app with its “BYO Container” feature. By simply ticking a box, customers can easily communicate to the eateries that they will be bringing their own container, cutting down on single-use packaging as well as food waste.
It has already been an incredible year for the Foodprint team, with the app receiving recognition both internationally and locally for their efforts in highlighting the issue of food waste, as well as the app’s design and functionality.
– Agtech Breakthrough Awards – Direct to Consumer Service of the Year, United States
– Good Design Awards – Gold Winner, Digital Apps & Software, Australia
– Best Design Awards – Finalist, Public Good, Sustainable Product & Digital Product Design
– Sustainable Business Awards – Finalist, Going Circular & Good Food
For more information and to take the Foodprint Pledge visit foodprint.org.nz.
The Foodprint app is free to download from the Apple App and Google Play Stores, with partner eateries operating in Auckland and Dunedin. There are plans to expand nationwide in the future.