Pay as you feel – The Real Junk Food Project is a network of cafes and shops that sell 'waste' food recovered from supermarkets and restaurants, letting customers pay as much as they like.
Help yourself – The UK's first waste food supermarket in the northern city of Leeds, recently established on a "pay as you feel basis" by the Real Junk Food Project (RJFP).
Headquarters – The RJFP was launched in 2013 by chef Adam Smith, beginning with the 'Armley Junk-tion' cafe in Leeds, serving meals using ingredients recovered from supermarket trash cans.
Fuel for schools – The project also runs a program to distribute food to schools in the Leeds area, and currently serves around 12,000 kids.
Haute cuisine – The RJFP sources waste food from supermarkets, restaurants, food banks and other businesses, which delivers a wide range range of delicacies including lobster and caviar, and allows the cafes to serve fine dining.
Systemic problem – Smith is pleased with the progress of his project, but angry with the practices of the food industry and supermarkets, which he believes are designing waste into the system.
Fought the law – The RJFP serves food past its use-by-date as activists believe the dates are misleading and damaging as they encourage consumers discard safe, edible food.
"We have fed half a million people across the world with expired food," says Smith. "I don't know how much more we have to do to prove it is safe."
Future plans – The Real Junk Food Project has now expanded into an international network, with over 120 cafes in seven countries from Israel to Australia. Smith estimates it has served over half a million people.
Urgent imperative – Food production is the most damaging industry to the environment, taking a heavy toll on water consumption, deforestation, carbon emission, and species extinction. An estimated two billion tonnes of food is wasted each year.