Australia's first 'rescued food' supermarket

Australia's first 'rescued food' supermarket

If you've been watching War On Waste like we have been over the past few weeks, you've probably started to wonder what you can do to reduce food wastage. (If you haven't watched it yet, get on it!)

Every year, the average Aussie household throws away $1,036 worth of groceries. (That's like the equivalent of around one hundred smashed avo brunches!)  What's more, before food even hits the store, even more is wasted to meet the harsh "beauty standards" of the supermarkets. Meanwhile, there are 644,000 Australians relying on food relief each month. It all seems a bit unfair.

Luckily, Australia has a new supermarket: one without fruit and vegetable body-shaming! Previously OzHarvest has worked to collect food from over 2000 retailers to provide surplus food to more than 900 charity organisations. Now OzHarvest has opened Australia's first 'rescued food' supermarket, in Sydney. 

  Image:  OzHarvest

Image: OzHarvest

With the aim of reaching those in need, the store operates on a "give what you can" basis, allowing individuals to pay-it-forward or only take what they need. 

OzHarvest is also encouraging consumers to ditch the buy-in-bulk mentality and shop more frequently with smaller quantities to reduce wastage. So if you're looking for a place to start, planning meals and buying only what you need, is a great way to reduce your wastage and save money! 

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