Some things are meant to last for eternity, and some things are meant to be trashed.
One environmentally conscious couple, however, used their wedding -- a ceremony meant to celebrate two people’s undying commitment to each other -- to celebrate waste as well.
Per Metro, Nikki Pope and Cate Bauer recently held a wedding reception feast for their guests, which isn’t an unusual thing to do… except their feast was made entirely with food that was on its way to the garbage.
Their wedding is being called Manchester’s first “junk food wedding” precisely because the ingredients were all rescued by The Real Junk Food Project, which is an organization that rescues food that’s on its path from the supermarket to the trash in a bid to cut food waste.
Pope and Bauer chose not to inform their 110 guests until after the banquet was over that the food they were dining on -- a Middle Eastern-style mezzo dinner prepared by award-winning chef Mary-Ellen McTague -- had been originally destined for waste.
"We’re very aware that when people hear about the Real Junk Food Project, they could be really put off our food," Pope told BBC Inside Out North West, according to Metro.
“I think most people will understand that if we were worried about it, we wouldn’t take a risk at our wedding.
“We’re really committed to the project and we’re really committed to helping them get it right.“
Added Great British Menu guest McTague: “I was really surprised by how much food we’re losing every week to waste from supermarkets -- that was a real shocker to me, I didn’t realize it was that much.“
According to Metro, the guests were stunned and impressed by the quality of the meal after the truth was revealed. Seeing as UK supermarkets currently waste about $284 million of food per year (while an additional 8 million people in the country experience food poverty), hopefully their positive experience with the organization spurred them to reconsider recycling food, and inspired them to brainstorm different ways they too could cut down on their individual waste.