Fresh Ideas for Food Waste

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By Amanda Strickler

Composting is a common outlet for finding a use for kitchen scraps, including potato and carrot peels, leftover food, stale bread, and other foods that can’t be eaten. But what if composting isn’t part of your daily routine? The innovators at Tour de Fork in Milan, Italy are designing ways to use food byproducts in new ways to help consumers deal with food waste.

This Coffee Scent Dissipater combats bad fridge odor by utilizing used ground coffee. (Photo credit: Tour De Fork)

The “Second Chance” product line being developed by Tour de Fork—which is still in the prototype phase—offers consumers fresh ideas for the byproducts of goods like coffee, oranges, and apples. The model shown here is a way for oranges to perform double duty: when the orange is eaten and only the peel remains, slide the citrus rind onto the mountable wire for a homemade air freshener.

Other products include a hanging basket which uses old coffee grinds to neutralize refrigerator odors and a “Apple Peel Grower” that uses the natural properties of apple peels to aid yeast or sourdough production.

According to author Tristram Stuart in Chapter 9 of State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet, 25-50 percent of food is wasted, making the innovations developed by Tour de Fork more important than ever before.

Amanda Strickler is a Research Intern with Nourishing the Planet

To purchase State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet please click HERE. And to watch the one minute book trailer, click HERE.


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