Fighting Food Waste with Upcycling


Reclaim Foods

Maximises Efficiency

By utilising green technologies to convert surplus food into sustainable products, we do more with less.



Watch a Message About Food Wastage Footprint from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Australian farmers are our goal to help turn their food losses into sustainable commercial opportunities

are how many Australian families we want to help prevent food wastage

Reclaim Foods was created to redefine how we use unwanted food

Reclaim Foods was established with a mission to tackle food waste and its impact on the environment, economy, and society, both in Australia and globally. Our focus is on transforming organic waste into sustainable solutions and educating young Australians about the importance of reducing food waste. The key strategies to combat food waste include:

Reducing Food waste

Prevention is better than cure when it comes to tackling food waste. Our goal is to help Australians avoid generating more waste.

Repurposing surplus fruit and vegetables

As much as 25% of fruits and vegetables never leave the farm, costing Australian farmers $2.84 billion annually.

To address these challenges, we want to help farmers improve resource efficiency, create new innovative food opportunities and reduce food loss.

Reusing Food

When surplus food is produced, the best option is to keep it in the human food chain. Finding secondary markets, or donating the surplus to food rescue organisations, helps prevent additional resources being used to grow more food.

Circular Economy

It’s about moving away from our current linear economy (make, use, dispose) to one where our products, and the materials in them, are valued differently, creating new business and innovation opportunities.

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Food Upcycling – An important solution to fighting food waste

Food Upcycling – An important solution to fighting food waste

Buying upcycled food is an easy way for anyone to prevent food waste. When surplus food is used to create healthy, delicious food products or ingredients it stops food wastage. It's a new way to tackle food waste because it's a consumer product-based solution, meaning...

The total landmass used to grow wasted food in Australia is larger than Victoria, which is over 25 million hectares

Australia faces a significant food waste challenge, throwing away roughly 7.6 million tonnes annually due to product specifications like quality and size and overproduction. 

Reclaim Foods is committed to addressing this problem by using organic waste that would otherwise be discarded and transforming it into sustainable food products and ingredients that reduce food waste.

“Winning the fight against food loss and waste can save Australia A$20 billion per annum through increased industry profitability and reduced food insecurity, as well
as enhancing Australia’s reputation as a sustainable food producer.”

Dr Steven Lapidge, Fight Food Waste CRC

Reducing food wastage has a threefold benefit

It saves money for farmers, companies and households.

The World Resources Institute recently reported that on average food waste reduction delivered a 14X Return on Investment (ROI) to the 700 companies involved in their study, 92X return for cities and a 250X return for countries. With the average Australian household food waste bill estimated at $3,800 p.a. Australian families also have a lot to gain.

It makes more food available for those in need.

Redistributing food that would otherwise be wasted will help feed more than 1 in 5 Australians who do not have adequate access to food. Reducing food loss and waste can help close the over 60% gap between food available today and food needed in 2050, thereby working toward eliminating hunger.

It cuts GHGs and reduces pressure on climate, water and land resources.

In Australia, about 13 million tonnes of CO2-e (carbon dioxide equivalent) are created from the landfill of organic waste. This represents about 3% of Australia’s total emissions. By diverting organic waste from landfill, we can transform organic waste into a valuable resource that enhances our agricultural soils, grows our economy and creates jobs. The Australian Organics Recycling Association estimates that an additional 2,682 jobs would be created in Australia if 80% of organic waste was diverted from landfills.

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