Daikichi sells non-standard items, such as scratched or dented bottled drinks, through its SDGs vending machines. The company avoids wasting products and reduces food waste by setting prices as low as JPY 10 (approx. 8 cents).
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), about 1.3 billion tonnes of food, or 1/3 of the world’s food production, go to waste every year. Food waste in Japan is 6.46 million tonnes per year. Disposed food products also use energy during their production and manufacture. The disposal process itself harms the environment.
Daikichi operates SDGs vending machines as a way to avoid product disposal, with some of the money from vending machine proceeds spent for community service.
What’s interesting about this vending machine is that the name of the products is hidden. So you won’t know what kind of product you will get. It makes buying the items more like a game for the customers. The company also sells vegetables, fruits and baked potatoes in its vending machines.
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