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Trader Joe’s Ex-President to Open a Grocery That Sells Expired Food

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We’ve all had to empty out our fridges at some point, chucking those jars of mayo and pickles that are a day or two past the date printed on the lid. Looks like there’s a little more life to them than you think.

Former Trader Joe’s President Doug Rauch believes that one of our country’s biggest wastes is all the food thrown away because it’s mistakenly believed to be expired. Each year, the United States discards about $165 billion in U.S.-produced food. The reason behind it is that consumers mistakenly believe the “sell-by” label as a declaration of expiration.

Raunch wants to try to educate consumers as well as reduce produce waste by opening a store that not only carries food other chains won’t carry but also teaches people that those dates on your groceries are more or less just a myth. In May, The Daily Table, part grocery store and part cafe, will open in Dorchester, Mass. The store will carry inexpensive healthy foods and catering. The Daily Table, Raunch specified, is not a food bank or soup kitchen. Rather, it’s a retail store marketed towards the working poor, providing them with more options towards healthy eating.

H/T Salon

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This Mold-Detecting Bowl Saves Your Fruit, Bananas Everywhere Rejoice

fruit bowl detects moldIt’s hard to know when fruit is at its peak. One day, it’s solid and unripe. The next, it magically transforms into mush. Wait too much longer and you’ll have blue fuzzy mold on your hands, or worse, buzzy fruit flies.

Offering a solution to wastefulness, design student Jagjit Chodha created a fruit bowl that detects mold before it grows. The bowl’s attached sensors detect elevated levels of ethylene (gas emitted as fruits mature or “ripen”), and a light on the sensor will tell you when to hurry up and eat those puppies before they go bad.

This handy fruit container was created for the Made In Brunel Show at London’s Brunel University. While it’s not available for sale, we sure hope to see it on shelves someday. Until then, we’ll have to rely on our good ol’ guessing skills to know the average life span of a banana.

H/T + PicThx Mashable

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You Had One Job – 4,000 + Gallons of Whiskey Mistaken for Waste Water, Dumped Down the Drain

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I’m torn. I’m not sure whether to laugh at these guys or sympathize with them.

On the one hand, it must be pretty difficult to accomplish much of anything when you work at a liquor factory. On the other, could no one smell the damn thing?

Last Tuesday, overnight shift workers at a Chivas Brothers bottling plant in Scotland accidentally dumped thousands of gallons of whiskey into the sewer after mistaking it for waste water. According to The Voice of Russia, sewer employees alerted plant officials after noticing the strong alcohol smell.

On the plus side, at least the sewers are probably cleaner now, though I still wouldn’t recommend readying your flask.

H/T Time + PicThx Spread Liberty News

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Not-So-Eco-Friendly Supermarket Wraps Its Peeled Bananas in Plastic

There’s probably a condom joke in here somewhere.

As relayed by the Austrian Times, German-owned supermarket Billa has recently come under fire for a photo posted on its Facebook page showcasing packs of peeled bananas covered in plastic wrap.

Purportedly done to streamline the eating process, these pre-peeled ‘nanners quickly sparked plenty of outrage from people decrying the stunt as wasteful and unnecessary — though one user did suggest the clear wrapping could tip off consumers to any unsightly browning or bruising more readily than a banana peel can (not that that’s necessarily a good thing).

So says one Greenpeace spokesman in Austria: “If there is an easy to open ready packed food it’s the banana  – peeling it only to pack it in environmentally unfriendly plastic is just madness.”

Of course, thanks to the efforts of Billa’s hack PR team, the offending photo has since been taken down — as well as written off by Billa HQ as the act of a single franchise location and a “one off” mistake that won’t happen again.

But the way I see it, this unfortunate ecological misstep could have been much, much worse. I mean, at least they didn’t double bag it.

Ba-Dum-Tss.