Sparing food is in my DNA.
Growing up, my mum refused to waste any fruit or veg. Sometimes they lasted so long they had their own pension plan by the time it came to eat them.
I was shocked to discover just how much perfectly edible produce goes to waste (30% globally), so I decided the best way to tackle this issue was to make delicious snacks out of it. I visited my local market and started transforming wonky produce into healthy snacks and sold them through local cafes. Spare Snacks was born.
We’ve come a long way since then; having rescued tonnes of imperfect produce, sold tonnes of snacks and won multiple awards.
OUR FOOD WASTE PROBLEM – IN NUMBERS
*United Nations March 4, 2021
*Our World Data 2020
All Wonkies Welcome
Our Wonky Solution
We make use of both wonky raw and dried apples that can often be rejected because they are misshapen, blemished, or deemed the wrong size. Misshapen and oddly sized apples often don’t fit commercial packaging and blemished apples often get discarded before they leave the farm, as they are rejected by consumers.
But at Spare, all wonkies are welcome.
Our wonky apples are always fresh and delicious. It’s just they might look, well, a bit wonky. But we believe it gives them character, so much so that we created our own to bring our wonky apples to life. Meet Bumps, Blemmy and Biggie Smalls.
Blemmy joined the Scrapples crew after being overlooked for having a few tiny marks here and there. Raised by Granny Smith, Blemmy has her own fruit farm where she lives appily ever after, squashing juicy strawberries.
Our wonky friend, Bumps, was discarded for being slightly misshapen. Skating through the sweet streets of Bramley, his Pip-Hop beats are as bumpy as his exterior but he’s apple-solutely delicious on the inside.
The biggest juiciest apple in the cart, Biggie was cast aside for being slightly oversized. He now runs an apple disco, The Ministry of Round. All wonkies are welcome, but he decides who comes and who mangoes.
Our Impact So Far
We measure our positive impact in three ways...
The volume of surplus / wonky produce we rescue that would otherwise be wasted, sold at a loss or as animal feed. To date, we've rescued over 90 tonnes of wonky produce that would otherwise be wasted or used as animal feed.
REDUCING CO2 EMISSIONS
The volume of CO2 emissions saved through reducing food waste. So far we've saved over 131 tonnes of CO2 emissions (net - minus the C02 we create in creating them).
The volume of consumers we engage to raise awareness of food waste. We've spread the food waste message to over 350 million people through our products and PR coverage (inc. the BBC, Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Daily Telegraph, The Times and France 2).
We’ve been working in consultation with WRAP to ensure our packaging is as eco-friendly as possible.
Our packaging is now recycle ready, so is recyclable in over 1,500 locations across the UK - now including 171 Tesco stores. 80% of households in the UK are within four miles of a public collection point.
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