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food waste

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1. Fresh produce that deviates from what is considered “optimal” (e.g shape, size, colour, etc.) and is often discarded during sorting operations

2. Foods that are close to, at or beyond the “best-before” date that are discarded by retailers and consumers

3. Quality, edible food that are unused and discarded from eating establishments and household kitchens

Food waste in Australia

5 sandwiches. 4 are animated to be eaten, but 1 is left untouched.

1 of every 5 meals is thrown out1

Yet, 1 in every 6 Australians experiences food insecurity2. So we’re making this food more accessible and affordable to more people.

A trash bin showing the proportion of good food versus other waste.

"Business as usual"

On average, food businesses bin over 100 kgs of food every week1, over half of which could have been prevented.

A driver driving a cloud that is in the shape of a car.

Getting 70,000 cars off the road

Food waste from Australian restaurants and cafes produces the equivalent of almost half a million tonnes of CO2 every year5.

Food waste in a nutshell

When we waste food, we're also wasting all the resources that went into getting it on our plate. Land, water, energy, labour and more are what is needed to provide for our communities5. In addition, the food production process comes with a heavy carbon footprint.

A consumer looking worriedly at the food system graph whilst eating.

Environmental impact

If food waste was a country, it would be the world’s 3rd largest emitter of greenhouse gases behind China and the US4.

Food that gets thrown out into landfill produces methane, a greenhouse gas 84x more potent than CO26. This happens because food can’t compost properly in landfills. 1kg of food waste produces 2kgs of CO2e(Carbon Dioxide equivalent)3.

A pile of food waste with a sign saying "Still good to eat".
A retail staff, farmer and business person standing side by side.

Economic impact

Food waste costs the Australian economy $20bn per year1 through the resources associated with farming, transportation, sales, disposal, etc.

Food waste is a lost opportunity to feed the food insecure. This has knock-on effects on people's quality of life and productivity in the economy.

Our solution

Bring Me Home's mission is to eliminate food waste in the food retail space by making unsold food affordable and accessible to everyone.

The Bring Me Home app was created to connect you with your favourite cafes, restaurants, bakeries, grocers and other food venues who are looking to reduce their food waste. By offering quality, unsold food at affordable prices, perfectly good food at the end of the day doesn't need to get thrown out.

The company started in 2017 as Jane Kou's university project. Today, Bring Me Home is a tech company that serves thousands of customers in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, with plans to bring this food rescue solution to the rest of Australia very soon.

We're busting the myth that food waste is "business as usual" by creating a new normal.

Several pairs of hands holding up various rescued meals.

Our users' environmental impact, so far

5.78+ tonnes
kgs of food rescued
10.9+ tonnes
kgs of CO2 prevented
A row of six people having a meal.

Download the app today!

Join us on our food rescue mission.

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1. National Food Waste Baseline Report, 2019. 2. Foodbank Australia Hunger Report, 2020. 3. Food Waste Greenhouse Gas Calculator. 4. FAO Food wastage footprint & Climate Change Report, 2014. 5. FAO Food wastage footprint & Impact on Natural Resources, 2013. 6. EPA Overview of Greenhouse Gases, 2018.