Reducing food waste

 
 

CATERING

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PURSLANE

Committed to taking the sustainable path in a largely environmentally-unfriendly industry, Purslane is proud to be New York's first trash-free and carbon neutral caterer. A full-service events and catering company, they implement a wide range of eco-friendly practices, and aim to send nothing to landfill, relying instead on recycling, composting, upcycling, and reuse programs to process their waste. Purslane's facilities are powered by 100% renewable energy, and they offset the carbon footprint of each meal they serve and every event they create by investing in carbon sequestration initiatives. Purslane's cuisine is ingredient-driven and follows a slow-food ethos. They use sustainable, organic, pesticide- and antibiotic-free ingredients and products from nearby farms, and source their beverages from local breweries and wineries. In addition to their sustainability initiatives, Purslane is committed to supporting their local community. They partner with Rescuing Leftover Cuisine to bring food leftovers to local shelters and care centers, and support a local homeless shelter and an education-based production farm that offers hands-on farm training and leadership opportunities for youth and adults. Purslane offers customized menus for a wide range of events, beverage packages, and drop-off catering services. They also operate two boutique venues: Fitzcarraldo and Franklin + Kent.

Supports: Sustainability + Reducing Food Waste + Fighting Hunger + Youth Development

Locations available: Tri-State area

 
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HARVEST & REVEL 

A full service, alternative event catering company, Harvest & Revel offers well-sourced and creatively cooked food with style as well as ethics.. As part of their commitment to sustainability and the ethical local food industry, Harvest & Revel uses all natural, organic, antibiotic- and hormone-free ingredients, sourced from their own local farm and partners in the Tri-State Area. They are also committed to reducing waste, and employ creative techniques to use leftover ingredients, partner with Rescuing Leftover Cuisine to donate all food leftovers, and compost any food scraps that cannot be donated. Harvest & Revel also spearheaded a "Harvest Justice" project to raise awareness and money for the Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corporation's Growing Youth Power program, which prepares teenagers to live healthful lives and to take action for food system change by training and employing them in what is often their first work experience. When you hire Harvest & Revel for an event, you can choose to donate a lump sum or a percentage of your bill to the "Harvest Justice" project. In addition to catering, Harvest & Revel offers beverage and bar packages, staffing, styling and design, floral design, rental coordination, and even venue lighting, DJ, and photographer coordination. 

Supports: Sustainability + Reducing Food Waste + Youth Development + Community Development

Locations available: Tri-State Area

 

SNACKS

SCRAPS

Our food system needs fixing. Around 40% of all food in the U.S. is wasted daily. Yes, daily! Scraps is doing something about this. They create the most delicious frozen pizza out there, and they help reduce food waste by incorporating imperfect and underused veggies in their sauces. For example, did you know broccoli actually has edible leaves and a pepper can grow multi-colored? They use these delicious and nutritious vegetables that are often left in the field, for no good reason, to make Scraps. So you can enjoy a slice, and feel confident that you did good for yourself and for the planet.  

Supports: Reducing Food Waste

 
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RUBIES IN THE RUBBLE

Food sustainability champions Rubies in the Rubble make gourmet condiments using produce that would otherwise go to waste. Over one-third of all produce never reaches our plates. After learning of the problem, Rubies founder Jenny got thinking about what could be done with all of this surplus produce that often isn’t sold just because it’s not the right size or an unattractive shape. From Jenny’s kitchen making family recipes, to selling in the UK’s leading retailers, Rubies now has a range of award-winning relishes, ketchups and mayos. They call them Condiments with a Conscience. Their website also offers loads of recipes and resources for cutting back on food waste in your daily life!

Supports: Reducing Food Waste

 
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REGRAINED

By partnering with craft breweries, ReGrained upcycles the nutritious grain byproduct created every time that beer is brewed and turns it into delicious snacks. Fully committed to sustainability, ReGrained partnered with the USDA to develop an energy-efficient way of turning wet byproducts into nutritious ingredients, so that low-sugar, high-protein brewer’s grain could be the main functional ingredient in their SuperGrain+ bars. ReGraine'd’s model of “edible upcycling” fights food waste by finding a higher use for food that would have otherwise been discarded. Beyond their supergrain bar, ReGrained plans to create even more snacks and build a platform for upcycled ingredients. They are a certified B Corp and member of 1% For The Planet.

Supports: Reducing Food Waste + Sustainability

 

BEER

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TOAST ALE

Toast is a beer company on a mission - they take surplus fresh bread from local bakeries and turn it into delicious craft beers. They then pour all profits into local charities fighting food waste. It's the best thing since... well, you know. 

Supports: Reducing Food Waste

 

HARD ALCOHOL

MISADVENTURE & CO.

With San Diego-based distillery Misadventure & Co., you can finally have your cake and drink it too! They are the first company in the world to make spirits from surplus baked goods retrieved from food banks. Between 33-50% of all food produced globally is never eaten. Not only are all of the resources that went into creating the uneaten food, wasted (land, water, labor, energy, manufacturing, packaging, etc), but when food waste goes to landfill it decomposes without access to oxygen and creates methane, which is 23x more potent than carbon dioxide. At their current rate Misadventure Vodka diverts 78,000 lbs of bread from landfills which keeps 140,000 lbs of CO2 from the atmosphere. The resulting vodka is 12X distilled, 180X filtered, gluten free and has received 8 medals in 2018 for its quality. It can be shipped to 30 states.

Supports: Reducing Food Waste

 

CLEAN-UP

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TRANSFERNATION

A 501c3 non-profit, Transfernation is New York City's first on-demand food rescue service. For a low flat-fee, they handle the messy logistics and complicated regulations involved in food donations, and will pick-up and deliver your untouched leftovers to the closest local feeding program. All you have to do is download their iOS app, request a pick-up, and you're on your way to combating both food waste and hunger. 

Supports: Reducing Foot Waste + Fighting Hunger