Argyle Tackling Food Waste at Home Park
Argyle will take a further step towards sustainability from this weekend, teaming up with food waste movement Too Good to Go to ensure that excess food produce is not thrown away at Home Park.
Starting with Saturday’s Sky Bet League One tie against Shrewsbury Town onwards, excess food from service areas around the stadium will be available on Too Good to Go’s free app, allowing the people of Plymouth to snap up delicious food at a great price, rather than throwing it away.
The service, which operates across 17 countries and has saved an estimated 115 million meals since starting out in 2016, works with businesses to sell Magic Bags – containing an assortment of surplus food produce which would otherwise go to waste – with participating outlets appearing on the free to download Too Good to Go app for users to reserve at a reduced price.
The benefits for both Argyle and our community are plentiful, with discounted surplus helping reduce food poverty in the region, as well as the environmental impact of food waste.
Research suggests that nearly 30% of the world’s agricultural land is occupied to produce food that is ultimately never consumed, and the amount of cropland used to grow wasted food amounts to an area roughly the size of Mexico.
Argyle’s Head of Venue, Conferencing and Events, Christian Kent, said: “We’re really excited to be working with Too Good to Go on reducing our food waste, it’s a huge positive all-round, and real step forward for us.
“The club has a well-known goal to become sustainable, and that includes our environmental impact. By offering up surplus from events at Home Park we can feed the local community at a cut price, as well as reducing unnecessary wastage.
“This is one of many steps we will be taking as a club over the coming months to become environmentally sustainable and reduce our carbon footprint.
“The benefits all-round are clear for all to see, and I would encourage all members of the local community, whether they engage with Argyle and Home Park Stadium or not, to sign up and take advantage of the Magic Bags coming from us on event days.”
Paschalis Loucaides, UK Managing Director at Too Good to Go, said: “We’re delighted to have welcomed Plymouth Argyle FC into our growing community of almost 18,000 partner stores in the UK.
“This collaboration will mean that the abundance of delicious food available at their club will be enjoyed and eaten rather than wasted, and I know our local app users in the area are going to love their Magic Bags. It’s great to see Plymouth Argyle FC leading the way when it comes to sporting grounds being more sustainable and I’m really looking forward to seeing the impact we can make together.”
For more information on Too Good to Go, visit their website.
Want to grab a Magic Bag from Home Park? Click here to download the app on Android devices, or here for Apple.