Over the past decades, sustainability has become trendy. And whether implemented out of conviction or marketing purposes, I’m happy we’ve begun fixing our living environment.
Denmark has long been perceived to be one of the world’s greenest countries and in many aspects rightly so. Windmills, bike culture, and organic food in schools and the workplace jump to mind. When it comes to the issue of waste, however, it falls far behind some of its fellow European countries.
Denmark generates the most waste per capita in Europe. This includes all household waste such as food and packaging. The problem has been that waste is a huge business in Denmark, where up to 80% of it’s waste is incinerated (hoisting the red flag for carbon emissions here!). This keeps recycling rates low and feeds a throw-away-society mentality.
Thankfully, it seems like people in Denmark aren’t ‘greenwashed’ so easily, and efforts to improve these suboptimal conditions are under way. Not only is the state planning on Denmark becoming independent of fossil fuel (this includes waste incineration) by 2050, but individuals are launching some brilliant initiatives to help you take your sustainable conscience to the next level.
Here are some of the food-based projects that are making that zero-waste goal a reality:
Løs is Copenhagen’s first zero-waste food store (opening August 2016). Here you will be able to buy everything from müsli and coffee to honey and olive oil, packaging-free. You can bring your own reusable containers or purchase them at the store. All products will be 100% organic and sourced locally as much as possible. The Løs concept firmly integrates the three pillars of sustainability: economic, environmental, social – and founder Frédéric Hamburge together with his partner Constance Jeangirard have partnered up with Settlementet, who help re-integrate disadvantaged people into the workforce. If you’d like to support their crowdfunding campaign you can do so here.
1662 København V
Everyday 10am – 7pm
Saturday 9.30am – 5pm
2200 København N
To Good To Go is a Danish app which has started to spread across Europe. TGTG partners team-up with restaurants who don’t want to throw away their surplus food at the end of the day. The app allows you to find the affiliated restaurants near you and pick up their surplus food in eco-friendly boxes at rock-bottom prices.
The surplus-food restaurant is one of the first of its kind. The restaurant uses only food that is donated or bought at a low price, often due to the food being “too ugly” to sell in stores (but don’t worry, it’s not “too ugly” to taste good). The menu changes daily according to the food they receive that day and portions are kept small to avoid waste, but second helpings are free! Staffing at Rub & Stub is 100% volunteer-based and all profits go to helping childhood education in Sierra Leone.
Huset-KBH, 1st Floor
1466 Copenhagen K
Tue & Wed 5:30 – 10:00 pm
Thu – Sat 5:30 – 11:00 pm
Strictly speaking, Gågrøn does not serve food, but we’ve included this little green gem because it provides the kitchen and dining tools to eat waste-free at your home or while on-the-go! Eco drinking bottles, lunch boxes and an array of other household utensils with a sleek design – this a place you can binge shop in good conscience.
Jægersborggade 48 kld.
2200 København N
Mon-Fri 11am – 3:30pm
Saturday 10am – 3:30pm
Sunday 11am – 3pm
How do you eat sustainably in Copenhagen? What would you like to see change in the city? Tell us about it in the comments!