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Food rescue service, Oddbox announces expansion into Liverpool

15/09/2021

Ahead of the UN International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, Oddbox, which rescues and delivers the delicious “too odd” or  surplus fruit and vegetables directly from growers, has announced its expansion into Liverpool  and surrounding areas.


Oddbox has been operating its weekly rescue mission in London for the last five years, and more recently expanded throughout the South and Midlands.

It has delivered over two million boxes of “odd” produce (aka the stuff that’s “too big”, “too ugly” or “wrong colour”) during that time.

Having saved nearly 20,000 tonnes of food from going to waste, the equivalent of how much food over 42,000 people would eat in a year, Oddbox is expanding its delivery radius to 2.6m households in the North, with 740,000+  being in Liverpool and surrounding areas.

If food waste was a country, it would be the third largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions*, which is why the Oddbox mission to help reduce food waste at the farm level is so important.

With the climate change crisis only becoming more and more urgent, signing up to Oddbox is a small action people in Liverpool can now take to join a growing community making a big impact. In fact, if every household in the new Oddbox Liverpool radius signed up for just one medium Oddbox, enough water to fill the Royal Albert Dock over 5 times would be prevented from going to waste; over 545 million litres.

7.4 million kgs of carbon emissions would also be saved, the equivalent to the emissions of powering 1,700 Liverpool homes all year.

On the expansion, Emilie Vanpoperinghe, Co-Founder and CEO of Oddbox, said:

We’re delighted to be expanding Oddbox into the North of England, to grow our community of people doing good for the planet and support our growers by rescuing delicious ‘odd’ fruit and veg from going to waste. We’re committed to helping people live more sustainably – and widening our reach into the North means we can have a greater collective impact.

“Knowing that, according to the Drawdown Project, fighting food waste is the number one solution to reverse the climate crisis, this gives us hope that, together, we will leave the planet in a better place for our children.”

Beyond serving delicious fruit and veg to people in the North West with the latest expansion, allowing them to ‘eat good, do good and stay odd’, Oddbox is bringing a boost to the wider region’s economy by partnering with a local delivery firm, hiring new drivers familiar with the area of expansion to ensure smooth delivery for customers.

Join the Oddbox mission to ‘Eat good. Do good. Stay odd’ with boxes starting at £10.99 going up to £19.99 for up to four varieties of fruit and nine varieties of veg.

People in the North West can order their first Oddbox North West on Wednesday 15th September here.

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