Emilie Vanpoperinghe, Oddbox: rescuing perfectly good fruit and veg to combat food waste

Emilie Vanpoperinghe is the Co-Founder and CEO of Oddbox.

Oddbox are tackling the global crisis of food waste, one of the main contributors to climate change.

Did you know 40% of all food produced globally goes to waste? The majority of this waste happens in two areas, before produce reaches the retailers and supermarkets, and in our own homes.

Oddbox have built a network of 60 different growers and 300 farms to rescue surplus and wonky fruit and veg from, that supermarkets are unable to use. They distribute this perfectly good food to consumers all over the UK and help educate people on minimising their food waste at home.

In this episode Emilie explains the extent of the food waste problem, how we can solve the problem together, the Oddbox journey, funding and product diversification.


  • 04.54: Up to 40% of all food produced is waste, where does the most waste occur?
  • 08.49: The reasons for perfectly good surplus and wonky produce going to landfill
  • 12.21: The impact of food waste on the planet
  • 15.09: Emilie’s advice for how we need to tackle food waste
  • 20.37: The story of how Oddbox started
  • 24.00: Validating their idea and finding their first customers
  • 32.48: How Covid helped and hindered the business
  • 39.03: The Oddbox funding journey, crowdfunding vs VC
  • 49.11: The best part of being the CEO and Co-Founder of Oddbox

Our Host:

Craig Turner. Founder of Confido Talent, a business that helps Tech For Good startups to scale their product, design and engineering teams.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/craigturner7/ / www.confidotalent.com / craig@confidotalent.com

Our Guest:

Emilie Vanpoperinghe, Co-Founder and CEO of Oddbox.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/emilievanpoperinghe/ / www.oddbox.co.uk  

Our Sponsor:

Jobs For Good. The only job platform to find the best jobs in sustainability, impact and much more.
www.jobsforgood.io / https://bit.ly/3wjwJa0

Our Producer:

Jabriel Al-Suhaimi. Jabriel is a podcast aficionada, editing and producing podcasts for many, including himself.
https://www.jabrielalsuhaimi.com/ / https://twitter.com/jabealsuhaimi

Our Content and Marketing:

Rachel Loosley, Content and Marketing Manager at Confido Talent.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachelloosley/ / rachel@confidotalent.com