Feeding a Circular Economy
There’s no reason why we can’t reduce food waste and packaging while feeding Philadelphians.
Philadelphia is already known as an international destination for food and restaurants. But even with all of this delicious dining, food waste makes up about 25% of Philadelphia’s waste stream, and in the U.S., 40% of all food is wasted before it can be eaten. This is unconscionable in a city with a 25% poverty rate and 16% food insecurity rate.
At Circular Philadelphia, we work with food recovery organizations and experts, tech companies, restaurateurs, grocers and city officials to reduce food waste, increase composting and develop systems for reusable packaging for the increased demand for take-out food during the pandemic.
Offering reusable containers is one of the easiest things restaurants and food businesses can do to reduce the amount of waste they generate and implement circular principles. We worked with the Philadelphia Health Department to make it easy for restaurants to offer reusables and developed resources to help them get started.