Free 'zero waste' lunch for Londoners at pop-up café - EXPIRED

'Waste not, want not' is the mantra for many a MoneySaver, and a pop-up 'zero-waste' café in London will be serving meals made from ingredients that would otherwise be thrown away for 'Stop Food Waste Day'.

On Wednesday 24th April, the 'Taste, Not Waste' café will be open from midday until 3pm at 22 Foley St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 6DT (close to Oxford Circus). There will be 300 meals available on a first-come first-served basis.

The pop-up is being run by Elmlea, which wants to show how its cream can be used to bring together some of the most commonly wasted foods (eg, bananas) - so everything will contain dairy. You'll be able to choose one dish (sweet or savoury, subject to availability) from the menu options below:

  • Chicken with a creamy herb sauce
  • Creamy mushroom tart
  • Vegetable curry (vegetarian)
  • Eton Mess (vegetarian)
  • Banana and salted caramel trifle (vegetarian)

Elmlea says the ingredients are from local businesses, and close to their best before date so may otherwise have been wasted. Any packaging they come in will be recycled, and takeaway boxes will be paper, not plastic - but you might be able to use your own reusable box if you bring one.

Not in London? A few other ways to save money (and the environment)

If you fancy a cheap cuppa, see MSE Rhiannon’s blog on how you can pay £1 and get up to 50p off your coffee when you bring a reusable cup. You can also take a look at MSE Oli’s blog exposing the supermarkets where it’s cheaper to buy fruit and vegetables loose. Although most supermarkets sell their cheapest products wrapped in packaging, there’s also tips on how to save money and plastic including Morrison’s £3.50 wonky veg boxes.

There’s also MSE Andrea’s blog on How to save money by reusing and recycling with an infographic on how much you could save or make by doing simple things – like up to £1,000 for selling un-used clothes. Finally, our 13 top tips on how to use less plastic and save cash are in MSE Kelvin's blog, including some of the above plus where to refill your water bottle for free and how to replace clingfilm with reusable wraps.

How else do you save money while helping save the planet? Let us know in the comments below, on Twitter or Facebook.