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Did you know that 50% of the total amount of food waste in Britain comes from homes? Supermarkets and other retailers have been under pressure recently for the amount of food on their shelves that ends up in landfills, but with half of the nation’s total food waste coming from our own personal stocks, perhaps there’s also something we can do to help reduce food wastage. RE-f-USE, a pop-up café opening in Durham’s Indoor Market, may be a community restaurant, but its ethos is one that can help us better understand how to waste less of the food we buy.

RE-f-USE is part of the Real Junk Food Project, a network of community cafes set up around the country that serve meals using food that would otherwise have been thrown out as commercial waste. The café will be serving meals using this food in a venture that’s both tasty and thought-provoking.

Nikki Dravers, the Director of RE-f-USE, said: “It’s really exciting to be part of this growing movement of activists who see the social and environmental impacts of this issue and want to challenge the systems at a local, national and international level.”

Unusually, the café will be operating on a Pay As You Feel basis. RE-f-USE will accept cash donations, but are also allowing customers to pay the café back b spending their time washing up, welcoming guests, playing music or participating in other non-monetary activities.

Mim Skinner, co-director, said of the Pay What You Feel scheme: “It’s about feeding people with dignity. We’re not a charity. At a time when political focus is on ‘economy’ rather than ‘society’, PAYF is saying that we value people’s time, company and talents as much as money. These cafes are one of the most diverse meeting places I’ve ever been. Students and family sit round a dinner-table with clergy, environmental activists, and those who are homeless or at risk of food poverty. Food brings people together.”

At a time when the use of food banks is on the rise and more and more people struggle to feed their families, the café is offering a unique way to have a delicious meal as well as giving us food for thought on personal and commercial wastage and how we can make better use of our own groceries.

RE-f-USE launches at Durham Indoor Market on Friday 12th June.

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