Every year, one third of the total food production is wasted. That comes down to a worldwide wastage of 1.3 billion tonnes per year! Food waste occurs in the entire food chain. The average Dutch person, for example, throws away 41 kilos of food every year!
Value in neglected food surplus
Social enterprise Instock wants to reduce food waste. They take on this challenge by using products that would otherwise remain unsold. Think for example of a ripe mango or a broccoli with a beauty flaw. Every day their chefs prepare delicious meals from the food they rescue. Instock also hopes to contribute to raising awareness about food waste with their masterclasses, their cookbook, educational projects and circular products made out of food surplus. Not only does it help combat ingrained attitudes to food waste, but it also produces some exciting cuisine. After all, for both the chef and the consumer, what eventually lands up on the plate can be quite a surprise.
Every week Instock rescues around 2,500 kilos of food with their three restaurants
The Best Practices
Holland Circular Hotspot (HCH) wants to support international cooperation on the circular economy, with the aim of creating business opportunities and promoting the exchange of knowledge and innovation. In the magazine Circular Is Going Global - Join Holland's Flow you can read which circular best practices the Netherlands has to offer.