By Connor McLaughlin
A restaurant in Southwark is hosting a pop-up exhibition to raise awareness about food waste and its impact on the environment.
The OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie uses its space to showcase 14 exclusive prints by some of Europe’s most talented artists.
The exhibition, which was launched by the surplus food app Too Good To Go, was developed to raise awareness of food waste and its impact on our environment.
The prints are available for purchase, with 100 percent of the profits donated to the UN World Food Program.
Petter Malterud Grondahl and Christoffer Kroge Christensen (Credit: Too Good To Go)
Jamie Crummie, Co-Founder of Too Good To Go, said, “This project is about harnessing the power of art to inspire everyone to make extra efforts at home to reduce food waste and we are very excited to to be able to exhibit these prints in cooperation with OXO, so that even more people can enjoy and reflect on the series.
“The artists we work with are all incredibly talented and have used their creative abilities to spread an amazing message: that together, by saving food every day, we can make a real difference for the future of our planet.”
Food waste causes more greenhouse gas emissions worldwide than the aviation industry, and around 70 percent of this food waste comes from the UK alone.
The 14 illustrations are designed to artistically highlight the relationship between food waste and the environment and thus inspire the fight against food waste at home.
European artists include the Danish creative duo Supermercat, SEEYOUSIOE from Amsterdam and the up-and-coming French illustrator Lorraine Sorlet.
Other artists involved in the collaboration are AKACORLENE and Guttestreker, a duo consisting of Petter Malterud Grondahl and Christoffer Kroge Christensen.
Up-and-coming illustrator from Liverpool, Rosa Kusabbi, known for her art activism and social and climate justice campaigns, also produced her own exclusive print for this project.
AKACORLEONE (Credit: Too Good To Go)
OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie have been monitoring their food waste since 2019 and have worked with Too Good to Go to reduce their impact.
OXO Executive Chef Jeremy Bloor commented: “During the lockdown, we really saw the extent of the excess food outside the restaurant.
“When we started making meals in our communal kitchen with donated food from the London Food Alliance, we received tons of surpluses.
The exhibition currently runs until the end of August. All 14 prints can be viewed in the OXO Tower on the 8th floor and can be purchased for £ 11 each.
For more information or to order a print go to www.toogoodtogo.co.uk/posters.
Pictured above: Rosa Kusabbi (Credit: Too Good to Go)