102: Things Don't Need to be Perfect - OddBox co-founders, Deepak Ravindran and Emilie Vanpoperinghe

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March 19th, 2020

39 mins 25 secs

Season 6

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Emilie Vanpoperinghe and Deepak Ravindran

Emilie was previously Director of Finance & Operations for an international NGO set up by the Nike Foundation. Deepak worked for most global investment banks as Senior Consultant specialised in Global Equity Derivatives.

The Oddbox story started in Portugal, at a food market filled with wonky fruit and veg. Co-founders, Deepak and Emilie, were shocked to find out that a number of produce in the UK is wasted before it even leaves the farms because of the odd appearance meaning a lot of unnecessary waste for the plane The company works closely with farmers across the UK (& from abroad), rescuing fresh, seasonal surplus fruit & veg which are at risk of becoming food waste.

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Determined to battle food waste and give ugly, wonky fruits and veg a better, more beautiful future, they visited farms, talked to producers and came up with the idea for Oddbox. The couple believes that their box scheme could make the produce industry more sustainable.

We see a bright future in 'imperfect' produce because we believe that, just like people, fruit and vegetables come in all shapes, sizes and colours.

Emilie, Deepak and Oddbox

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