Reducing Food Waste with Nutrinity
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Reducing Food Waste with Nutrinity

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What was the initial plan for the waste produced by the cafeteria?

To recycle it directly into fertilizers

What was the main challenge faced by the team during the initial setup?

Risks and challenges involved in setting up each step

Why did the team decide to pivot from food production?

To focus on solving one problem at a time

What was the final plan for the fertilizer produced?

<p>To test it out with existing vertical farms</p> Signup and view all the answers

What was the purpose of the worm farm in the initial design?

<p>To convert the digestate into fertilizers</p> Signup and view all the answers

Study Notes

Nutrinity Concept

  • Concept built on reducing food waste from the environment
  • Identifying opportunities in the entire supply chain of food waste to reduce it
  • Focusing on areas of expertise to create solutions for each challenge

Closed-Loop System

  • Designed self-sustainable, energy-efficient greenhouse farming units for upcycling food waste
  • Implementing circular economy principles to reduce overall waste
  • Created a closed-loop system with inputs and outputs at each step, considering partnerships and tools needed

Biogas Reactors

  • Researched different biogas reactors suitable for food waste
  • Partnered with delivery companies (Foodora/Wolt) for waste collection

Fertilizer Production

  • Identified suppliers for reactors and fertilizers
  • Determined type of fertilizer needed and optimization methods
  • Collaborated with universities for space procurement and access to students for practical experience and research

University Collaboration

  • Partnered with Aalto University and Metropolia AMK for space and resources
  • Gained unlimited access to daily waste from the cafeteria for recycling

Greenhouse Design

  • Three-section design:
  • Biogas digester for food waste degradation
  • Worm farm for converting digestate into fertilizers
  • Vertical farm for growing vegetables using produced fertilizers

Market and Sales

  • Identified potential customers: restaurants and supermarkets
  • Calculated food waste needed to produce X kg of food
  • Enquired about equipment costs for setting up a vertical farm and risks involved

Challenges and Pivoting

  • Faced challenges in setting up sales channels, personnel, and equipment
  • Pivoted to focus on fertilizer production, collaborating with existing vertical farms
  • Partnered with VFs to test fertilizer products in small batches

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Learn about Nutrinity's mission to reduce food waste and its true nutritional value. Discover how they identified loopholes in the food chain to create positive change.

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