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China Adopts Food Waste Law & Bans Binge Eating Videos To Foster ‘Resource-Conserving’ Society

3 Mins Read China has enacted new legislation to combat food waste, banning online binge-eating videos and fines for diners who leave behind excessive uneaten food at restaurants. According to Chinese state media, the new policy is aimed at fostering a “resource-conserving” society. It comes as countries around the world are collectively ramping up efforts to tackle the […]

Hazel Technologies Raises US$70M Series C To Bring Food Waste Solutions To Global Supply Chains

4 Mins Read Hazel Technologies, the USDA-funded ag-tech startup developing food waste solutions, has closed US$70 million in an oversubscribed Series C financing round. The funding will fuel the firm’s plan to expand its operations globally, bringing its shelf-life-extending products to new markets in Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe.  Hazel Technologies has announced the completion of a US$70 […]

Singapore Plans Commercial Food Waste Reporting Policy In Latest Zero-Waste Push

3 Mins Read In its latest sustainability push, Singapore authorities are considering a new policy to require commercial and industrial firms to measure and report how much food waste they produce and segregate for treatment. While industry consultations are due to take place in the second half of 2021, the proposed reporting rule will likely come into effect […]

Kroger Sets Aside US$2.5M To Back Upcycled Food Waste Startups

4 Mins Read American retail giant Kroger has pledged to support innovative startups developing upcycled food products and solutions. Through its charity arm Zero Hunger Zero Waste Foundation, the supermarket will invest US$2.5 million in collective grants to companies working on what it describes as the “next frontier” in recovering and repurposing food that would otherwise go to  […]

Asian Example: Here’s How South Korea Is Recycling 95% Of Its Food Waste

4 Mins Read South Korea used to recycle just 2% of its food waste, but has since impressively brought this figure up to 95%. How? The country has tapped innovative technologies such as smart bins and bolstering local food production by setting up urban farms, as well as introducing compulsory household food waste recycling. It’s setting an example […]

Taiwan Students Develop Colour-Changing Discount Labels To Fight Food Waste

3 Mins Read A group of students from the National Taipei University of Technology have developed a new labelling system that could help slash food waste from supermarkets. Their idea, called Barcodiscount, involves automatically colour-changing stickers that indicate the percentage discounted off the product as it gets closer to the expiration date. Recently winning the national runners-up prize […]

Breer: Hong Kong Uni Students Turn Food Waste Into Craft Beer

4 Mins Read When four university students in Hong Kong began noticing how many loaves of bread were being thrown away each day in the city, they started to think about how to save food waste and turn it into something new. They came up with Breer, a new brand of local craft beer made from upcycled loaves […]

Thai App Yindii Matches Consumers w/ Discount Boxes That Fight Food Waste

3 Mins Read Bangkok-based startup Yindii has just launched a new mobile app that will help combat food waste in the city. It connects consumers with restaurants and cafés, who will offer “flash sales” on the platform to purchase food that would otherwise go to waste for a discounted price. Users can choose to pick up their orders […]

Dole Pledges To Eliminate Food Waste By 2025, Reach Net Zero By 2030

3 Mins Read Dole Packaged Foods has just announced its new sustainability pledges, including eliminating food waste and all petroleum-based plastic packaging from its product lines by 2025, as well as achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2030. Dole’s environmental commitments follow a slew of renewed sustainability promises made by multinational brands, and is yet another sign that […]

13 Ways To Reduce Your Food Waste Footprint Right Now

5 Mins Read Our world is facing an unprecedented food waste crisis, which is contributing over 10% of global carbon emissions that drive the climate emergency. In addition to coming at an enormous environmental cost, discarded food compounds the issues of everyday hunger and malnutrition as well as escalating chronic health problems such as obesity and diabetes. Asia […]

China Needs To Fight Its Massive Food Waste To Combat Climate Change

3 Mins Read China is facing a massive food waste crisis. Over 6% of China’s total food production is already lost before reaching consumers, and restaurants in Chinese cities throw away an average of a third of food served. Amid the climate crisis and an already vulnerable global food system exposed by the current Covid-19 pandemic, it is […]

Hong Kong’s Breadline App Redirects Leftover Loaves To People In Need

4 Mins Read Recently launched web app Breadline is helping to fight food waste in Hong Kong. Users can use the app to track where leftover loaves and baked goods are, which they can then collect and bring to a designated charity for those in need. Launched by Baptist University assistant professor and Hong Kong food waste expert […]

The Richer Asia Gets, The Bigger The Food Waste Problem

4 Mins Read A new study by Dutch scientists finds that the wealthier we get, the more food becomes wasted. Linking throwing out food to affluence, the researchers highlight the challenges that lie ahead for combating one of the biggest environmental issues in the world – food waste. Especially in Asia where nations are undergoing rapid urbanisation, development […]