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U.K Grocery Store To Use Food Waste To Power Itself

By Fredrica Syren:

Grocery stores are a huge source of food waste, so when I heard about a supermarket chain in the U.K.that is planning to use food to generate energy power, it piqued my interest.

Picture from http://ecowatch.com/
Picture from http://ecowatch.com/

Sainsbury’s supermarket chain in the United Kingdom is working towards creating power from leftover foods and planning to disconnect itself from the national grid. To make this a reality, Sainsbury’s is partnering with U.K’s largest waste management company Biffa. The supermarket will transport its food waste from its stores nationwide to Biffa’s plant in Staffordshire, where it will be converted into biogas. The gas then will be burned to meet the energy needs of the Sainsbury Market located in the town of Cannock.

Biogas is created when bacteria breaks down wet organic matter like animal dung, human sewage or food waste. The gas is a mixture of methane and carbon dioxide, and also a semi-solid residue. It’s a sustainable way to create power that can be used as fuel for cooking, lighting or generating electricity. Biogas reduces dependency on fossil fuels, and the electricity produced from biogas generates much less carbon dioxide than conventional energy.

Sainsbury’s is becoming a landmark as the very first business ever to have a store (in Cannock) completely powered by its own food waste. Sainsbury’s, which already is committed to finding new ways to reuse and recycle, will send zero waste to landfills.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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