Sainsbury's Becomes First Supermarket to Power a Store with Food Waste Alone

Published 07/25 2014 04:44PM

Updated 07/27 2014 07:49PM

Supermarket chain Sainsbury's has found a new way to put its food waste to good use a la Back To The Future’s Mr.Fusion; by using it to power one of its stores. The new recycling program generates enough energy to power 2,500 homes each year, and is now being diverted back to the source for broader use. Sainsbury’s says they plan on the store being completely off the National Grid for its day-to-day energy consumption in the near future, pioneering what could become the new benchmark for environmentally aware grocers.

Why it Matters: When LEED Certification emerged, companies rushed to try to be at the forefront; the same thing happened with organic, green, sustainable building—the list is endless. However, food waste hasn’t been at the front of the consumer mindset for very long, and companies are already attempting to tackle the beast head on. From restaurants challenging us to rethink expiration dates and leftovers, to grocery stores embracing ugly fruit and vegetables, several companies are beginning to look at how they fit into the puzzle.

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