Driven by fear of the climate crisis and aware that reducing our food waste is one of the most effective steps we can take to reduce our carbon emissions, because food that ends up in landfill emits methane, a greenhouse gases when they break down, says Garvey. from the start, she wanted to create a business that “would motivate me to get up and go to work every day knowing that I’m changing the world, and also empowering others to make that change by saving food.”
The app was launched in 2019, less than 12 months after Garvey returned to New Zealand, and she admits setting up the online platform has been a “pretty intense year”.
The Covid-19 pandemic also brought a number of challenges for the new business. “There were dark days during this first confinement where there was so much uncertainty and I thought to myself that I could operate again, what will happen in the end?”
And while there was “a bit of pushback” from the industry at first, Garvey says that in general the app has been well received by restaurants and customers. The platform has also received a number of industry accolades, which Garvey says is “quite humble,” though she’s quick to acknowledge the support she’s received throughout the process. , such as Sprout Accelerator and Creative HQ’s Climate Response Accelerator.
Despite Foodprint’s success, Garvey says one of the most “heartbreaking” parts of the trip was watching a number of restaurants on the app not make it through Covid lockdowns and being forced to close.
After launching the business in Waikato, Garvey says the next goal is to expand into other parts of the country, with the goal of helping more restaurants find a market for their surplus product and preventing further more food going to the landfill.
She estimates that since launching the app, Foodprint has saved over 50,000 kg of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions – and it’s this environmental impact that drives her forward.
“I’m really excited to see the broader conversations around food waste and its impact on the planet taking center stage, as it’s one of the key things we can do to tackle the climate crisis.”
This article was created for Dell.