Juniper Ventures: Championing Sustainable with Guardians of Grub

Posted September 5, 2023

Guardians of Grub is a remarkable movement that has gained traction in the UK and beyond. It is dedicated to combating food waste in the hospitality and food service sector, focusing on various aspects of the food journey, from procurement to disposal. At its core, this initiative emphasises responsible food management, reduction of waste, and the promotion of sustainable practices.


At Juniper Ventures, we are proud to be part of the Guardians of Grub movement, with a special focus on schools. Our mission is clear: We aim to transform lunchtime routines in educational institutions to be more sustainable and less wasteful. Here’s how we are making a difference:


1. Analysing and Understanding the Problem: Our journey begins with a thorough analysis of what’s being thrown away and why. We engage with pupils and staff to gain insights into the root causes of food waste.


2. Menu Enhancements: Armed with data and feedback, we collaborate with schools to make informed decisions. This might involve revising menus to eliminate non-appetising items or adjusting lunch schedules to allow students more time to enjoy their meals.


3. Food Recycling: Waste is not the end for us; it’s an opportunity. We actively explore ways to reuse uneaten food. For instance, we repurpose uneaten fruit into nutritious smoothies using our innovative smoothie bike.


4. Promoting Sustainability: Beyond waste reduction, we work with schools to cultivate sustainability at its core. We help them establish vegetable gardens, fostering a deeper connection between students and the food they consume.


The battle against food waste in schools is a crucial one, and Juniper Ventures, in partnership with Guardians of Grub, is leading the charge. By analysing and adapting lunchtime routines, promoting food recycling, and nurturing sustainability through vegetable gardens, we are not only reducing waste but also instilling values of responsibility and conservation in the younger generation. It’s not just about reusing uneaten food; it’s about fostering a culture where recycling food is as natural as eating it. Together, we can create a more sustainable and nourishing future for our schools and our planet.