In an ever expanding world, the demand and production of food goods is continually growing. From Italian grapes in our fruit bowls, to the rice in your cupboard from India. The journey food takes to get to our homes is commonly a lengthy and expensive one- with the cost of growing/ processing, packaging and transporting goods
Producing food requires significant resources this includes; land, energy and water, with the global food system generating 25-30% of total Greenhouse Gas emissions, and agricultural supply chains using 70% of global freshwater resources.
When we waste food, we are not only wasting the food itself, but the entire process taken.
“Food Waste” refers to items that are fit for human consumption but thrown away, often at supermarkets or by consumers.
The impact of Food Waste does not stop there. When food is wasted and binned, this food ends up in landfill where the decomposing food produces methane, a powerful Greenhouse Gas, therefore causing further damage to our environment.
How is Covid-19 effecting Food Waste?
The Covid-19 pandemic is having a profound effect on residents daily lives, including several significant and wide-reaching impacts on food behaviours.
WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme)- is a British registered charity, recycling and waste advocate. WRAP works with councils, businesses, individuals and communities to achieve a circular economy, by helping them reduce waste, develop sustainable products and use resources in a more efficient way.
During 2020, WRAP has undertaken a comprehensive series of surveys – in April, May and September – to understand how behaviours are changing across the year.
These surveys showed us:
UK citizens responded to the Covid-19 lockdown with a wide range of positive food management strategies, with uptake highest among younger citizens (18-34s and 35- 44s), those with children at home, and those whose work was impacted by Covid-19 (e.g. furloughed, reduced hours, switched to working from home). These strategies include caddy food waste schemes, plastic recycling bins and cardboard recycling bins, primarily being filled with food packaging.
By June, these behaviours were enduring – and in some cases extending – with 70% of UK citizens aspiring to continue the behaviours post-lockdown. Levels of self- reported food waste fell by 43% in early lockdown in April, before rebounding to some degree in June when lockdown eased and citizens returned to work and some children returned to school.
How are we a part of the solution, & not the problem?
IPL as a group regularly recycle in excess of 20,000 tonnes of end-of-life plastic. Our solution is based around how we partner with a polymer supplier that turns old end- of-life plastic, into brand new plastic. We then use this recycled plastic polymer in the manufacturing of our product. The product is then used as part of a recycling management scheme.
We are 100% UK based. UK based suppliers (for raw materials), UK based labour and a UK supply chain- meaning not only can we provide fast and reliable lead times, but our operations are better for the environment.
Our products are specifically created with the UK market in mind, our 5 and 7 litre kitchen caddies offer a practical solution to food waste recycling within the home.
Boasting a vast range of features including; a wide aperture to easily empty food into the container, and with a lockable handle, our kitchen caddy can be used alongside a larger 23 litre kerbside food waste collection caddy.
- ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified.
- 5L, 7L, 5kg total advised permissible.
- 23L, 15kg total advised permissible.
- Pest and Fox resistant design.
- Wide aperture to easily empty food waste.
- Reinforced design to survive the UK environment.
- Lockable carry handle.
- Strengthened impact columns, low resistance to airflow.
- Optimised Load volumes (Class leading CO2 stats).
- Smooth and easily cleaned interior.
- Minimal manual handling solution, suitable for all residents.
- Quality assured, industry leading 5-year warranty, tested to -18°C and +40°C.
- Designed with the UK Market in mind, to support residents and waste collectors.
- 100% recyclable at End of Life, produced at award winning UK factory.
- Available to be manufactured from 100% recycled polymer (colour dependent).