A group of entrepreneurial children from West London are fighting food waste by selling surplus food in the school playground and to the local community.
The initiative is led by 400 children aged 5 to 12 year olds from Old Oak Primary School & Old Oak Community Centre in East Acton.
They have named their social enterprise ‘Bubble & Squeak’, a nod to the traditional English dish made using leftover vegetables. Emphasising healthy eating, their aim is to take edible surplus food such as fruit and vegetables from local businesses, markets and supermarkets and redistribute it to the local community on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis.
The food waste epidemic sees 15 million tonnes of perfectly edible food is wasted in Britain every year. Creative initiatives to fight food waste are sprouting up all over the globe.
Since February 2017 the children have had remarkable success for their initiative. Our highlights:
- Featured in Time Out Online gaining 87,000 + views
- Featured in the Metro Online with the title “The schoolchildren fighting food waste from their playground by selling wonky veg to parents”
- Launched our successful crowdfunding campaign for a shipping container to store more surplus food. The campaign exceeded its target, hitting £5,556.
- Included in Crowdfunders favourite projects offering sustainable solutions to food waste.
- Won Business Launchpad Eco Business of the year 2017
- Mayor of London City Pitch School Winners
- Saved in total an amazing est. 2,695 kg from landfill in just under 12 months. That’s the same weight as an African Forest Elephant!
- Forged partnerships with London’s biggest food waste charities such as City Harvest and Plan Z Heroes
- Launched this Christmas their own wonky chutney to sell to support their social enterprise
- Won the ‘Changemakers International Category’ of the #FoodWasteAwards
- Spoke at V&A Food Waste Symposium 2019