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Learn more about the Zero Food Waste Initiative

How DBS works towards zero food waste
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A chilling reality: 16% of fruits and vegetables are wasted every year, due to weak cold chain infrastructure (Central Institute of Post-Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET). DBS funds, mentors and works with a range of social enterprises to decrease food loss along the supply chain.

Food for more: 14% of the population or 189.2 million people are undernourished in India (FAO, 2020). DBS Bank in India partnered with several organizations to sponsor more than 2 million meals to the under-served during lockdown and continues to work on food distribution initiatives that incentivizes customers and employees to contribute to ending hunger.

Been there, done that: More than 60% of household waste is typically wet waste and much of this ends up in landfills, where it decomposes and releases methane, a potent greenhouse gas. DBS Bank practices waste reduction techniques like tracking food consumption in the office canteen and responsibly managing wet waste from its offices at Express Towers, Mumbai.

Paying the price: An estimated Rs. 244 crore of food is wasted every day in India (Reuters). DBS Bank encourages employees, customers and stakeholders to reduce food wastage, grow your own food and manage waste responsibly.

Working with Social Enterprises
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We support and partner with various social enterprises working to reduce food loss and food waste across Asia. These social enterprises address pertinent food waste challenges in innovative ways, such as addressing nutritional deficiencies with sustainable food sources and converting waste cooking oil into biofuels.

In 2020, the DBS Foundation launched a special category of grants for innovative businesses working towards Zero Food Waste, as part of its annual Social Enterprise Grant Programme. Some examples of solutions that the Grants support include technology, applications, innovations that manage surplus food or upcycle food waste to value added products.

How Bare Necessities works towards zero food waste
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Bare Necessities is a social enterprise that strives to make zero waste lifestyles as accessible as possible to all.

While doing this, we strive to practice what we preach in our supply chains and manufacturing processes. You will find that you can actually derive the benefits of nature and food for your personal care routines, without embracing chemicals that can be detrimental to our health, and our groundwaters, oceans and environment.

Since 2016, Bare Necessities has launched a variety of personal care products keeping our values intact of ethical sourcing of raw materials and repurposing waste generated, from the waste coffee grounds and orange peels for body scrubs, to the coconut shell and husk for home care use.

Waste that typically can land in our landfill, mixed with other forms of dry waste, is diverted through such products while allowing us to reap the benefits of these natural ingredients! A circular and zero waste way of living!

DBS Spreading Awareness
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We’ve dedicated the latest episode of DBS Sparks to the theme of Zero Food Waste. DBS Sparks is a web-series based on true stories of everyday heroes trying to Spark A Better World:

We also work with several partner chefs who are passionate about enabling conscious consumption and are working at the frontlines of this issue.

Bare Necessities Spreading Awareness
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We believe in using our platform for good always while communicating to the masses in ways that we can all resonate with. Zero waste, sustainability, circularity and many such terms can be quite daunting to embrace, and needs a new angle to make this a mainstream trend for a brighter and cleaner future.

Through our educational initiatives, from our DIY E-book which discusses how you can use daily kitchen ingredients in so many ways, to our Kids Activity Book which provides kids a way to learn about waste and how they can be part of the solution, to lastly, our online course, Zero Waste in 30. A course that is now a growing community of 600+ students of aspiring zero wasters, not only targeting their food waste, but also waste generated in various aspects of our lives, from personal care routines, to our daily commutes to lifestyle as a whole.

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