The Sustainability Flower
The Sustainability Flower is the core of our business. Every Nature & More grower has a personal Sustainability Flower. It points the way to a greener and more social economy. More info here.
Approximately one third of all food worldwide is wasted. Everyone wants less waste, but it clearly isn't that easy. In the Netherlands, the government has failed to realize its targets on waste reduction. Of all the food wasted, about a third is thrown away by consumers, while the rest is lost at the farm, the store or somewhere in between. Nature & More takes its own responsibility and makes an effort to find solutions for food waste. For this reason we work together with all kinds of wonderful charities and social enterprises.
Apples with open skin damage, sorted out - but still beautiful
Fruits and vegetables are living products which ripen, breathe and decay. If something goes wrong during transport, the product may become too ripe or other problems may occur. Sometimes customers send a product back; the return transport often reduces the quality. Alternatively, something may go wrong during overseas transport. Organic hard fruit and citrus fruit do not receive any chemical coating and are therefore more vulnerable. And sometimes a product cannot be sold in time, simply because supply exceeds demand.
What does Eosta do with it?
Products that for some reason do no longer meet the requirements of our customers, are often sold to market vendors. Some high-quality products are sold to social enterprises such as "Kromkommer" at a strongly reduced price. Alternatively, we often make the choice to donate products to charities. We have several great cooperation projects in the region, to which we donate fruit and vegetables regularly. Products that are no longer suitable for consumption go to a biogas plant via our packaging partner IQ Packing. In our new company headquarters, where we will be located from 1 July 2018 onwards, the rejected products go into a masher and will then be used for insect cultivation.
In May 2017 Dutch tv-program The Monitor covered how Eosta handles waste
Research with Louis Bolk Institute, Wageningen University and Ekoplaza
Since 2017 Eosta is participating in the (Dutch) research project "An efficient chain - avoiding food waste" of the Louis Bolk Institute and Wageningen Univeristy. The study is investigating how food waste in the organic supply chain can be reduced and where the bottle necks can be found. In the subproject "Elastic supply chain" Eosta is working together with UDEA (Ekoplaza) to see if it is possible to sell surplus products at a reduced price, thereby reducing the risk of wastage.