One-man mission to combat food waste

JPCT 080312 Dave Calvert. He's on a one-man mission to help prevent food waste by setting up a business to sell special airtight containers. Photo by Derek Martin
JPCT 080312 Dave Calvert. He's on a one-man mission to help prevent food waste by setting up a business to sell special airtight containers. Photo by Derek Martin
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A HORSHAM market trader is on a one-man mission to combat food waste by selling specialist vacuum sealed boxes.

After seeing Warnham tip fill up and finding out the UK produces 175,000 tonnes of food waste every year, Dave Calvert wanted to help change the way the nation looks at how they store food.

He put aside his experience as an IT consultant and set up a company called Pac ‘n’ Vac selling unique plastic boxes available in America for the past ten years.

On his third day of market trading in Bishopric he said: “Horsham district is a beautiful place and we are just desecrating it. If we can get just five per cent of the waste in this area removed then the prospect of the need for further landfills goes a bit more into the future.

“I suppose the point I am trying to get across is that we all have a responsibility for this and must take some form of action instead of perpetually tipping into landfill. Horsham has been pretty good with its recycling which is quite high so I think that the will is there.”

The boxes from the US company Fresh Pac have a special valve which sucks out the air from the box when it is pressed helping food last longer, preventing food waste.

He said: “These are American-made products so they’re not rubbish.”

Dave, from Dial Post, said the first days of market trading were as successful as he expected, but he wants to get caterers and wholesalers on board.

Dave has a stall at Horsham Market in Bishopric on Thursday and Saturday or for more information visit his website at www.pacnvac.co.uk