Zero Waste Week and The Real Junk Project

Zero Waste Week is an award-winning week-long campaign, raising awareness about the environmental impact of waste.  Whether you’re an individual, business or organisation, we welcome to join in (all year round) and reduce the amount of waste you send to landfill…

Here our accessibility reporter Dan shares about two incredible initiatives to reduce waste…

Launched in 2008, the campaign is conducted almost exclusively online via this website, e-newsletters and social media; although various groups run ‘on the ground’ events across the world.

Whilst Zero Waste Week formally runs for one week in September, regular newsletters and fresh blog content is sent out throughout the year.  A friendly online community share practical experiences and suggestions about waste avoidance via social media to keep the discussion and learning process going.  Join the conversation on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

You can take part still with the hashtag #ZeroWasteWeek

The Real Junk Food Project

Equity for the Planet

A #Kindness crowdfunding campaign to raise investment into TRJFP.

For £60, join the #FeedingBelliesNotBins revolution by becoming a year long member of a radical charitable enterprise, using surplus food to tackle #ClimateChange.

Since July 2020, TRJFP has evolved into one of the UK’s largest environmental organisations redistributing surplus food, creating community farming, mushroom farming, outside catering, PAYF cafes, kindness warehouse, redistribution and Hubs across the north of the UK.

During some of the most unprecedented times the World has experienced, we have been there for thousands of people and organisations nationwide, when they needed us the most, and now we need you.

What do you get?

Year long membership into a Social Enterprise

Quarterly Newsletter with updates on the project

One complimentary Magic box per year

Early Bird alerts to Bistro Nights and any other events

Tour of the Kindness Warehouse (designated dates)

Access to volunteering and employment opportunities

How can you get involved?

To become a member, all you need to do is pledge your £60 annual joining fee via this Crowdfunder by selecting the Annual Membership reward, we’ll then be in touch to register your membership post campaign.

You can support us here. Please share this Crowdfunder far and wide amongst your friends and family.

The Real Junk Food Project is a community interest company that intercepts and redistributes surplus food.

The idea was dreamed up by trained chef, Adam Smith in 2013 when he was on a farm in North Melbourne, Australia. After seeing the scale of the waste created in both the farming and catering industries, he had the idea to feed people with food waste and let them pay anything they wanted.

He returned to the UK, and in December 2013, started the The Real Junk Food Project Pay As You Feel café in Armley, feeding people using surplus food that would otherwise have gone to landfill.

In its first 5 years, the project intercepted 5,000 tons of food, and inspired 120 similar cafes based on the concept around the world.

In response to the pandemic, when the project’s catering operations had to close, two Pay As You Feel supermarkets were opened in Wakefield and Doncaster.  Our focus was on getting food out to people, when supermarkets were struggling and normal supply chains were being disrupted.

We distribute food boxes filled with surplus food through the Too Good To Go app, you can visit our PAYF supermarket in Doncaster. We also provide event catering for weddings, parties and events, using surplus food, as well as our PAYF café at LS-ten.

Here’s a video telling you all abouthttps://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/equity-for-the-environment the Real Junk Food Project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bp9feOlRpwc and Donate here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/equity-for-the-environment

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