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WHY WONKY


Wonky’s mission is to bring sustainability to the mass market! We want to inspire people to ditch the mundane in favour of the weird, wacky and wonderful products that fit a happier, healthier future.
brussel sprout dressed as a superhero in a cape, gloves and boots. Wonky fruit & vegetable delivery.

LETTUCE SAVE THE PLANET

One third of our planet’s food is wasted; that is 1.3 billion tonnes of perfectly good grub that is never eaten.  Nationwide, we throw away 122,547 tonnes of food a year - this is enough to feed half the population of Wellington for an entire year! But it’s not all bad, some clever bloke has done a survey which found 86% of us
Kiwis believe that wasting food is wrong. Too right.
The prize for the most wasted food goes to BREAD. However, the runners up are our beloved FRUIT & VEGETABLES. We’re all guilty of throwing away our uneaten grub, but fruit and veg is wasted at all stages of the supply chain, from harvest, to packaging, to wholesalers, the supermarket and of course, households.
Local supermarkets and overseas buyers tend to be a bit picky when it comes to the ‘fruit n’ veg dress code’… strict appearance criteria including the shape, size and shade is only the beginning. 
Wonky eggplants tend to be tricky to mass pack into boxes, a Wonky cucumber can’t fit through the plastic wrapping machine and sometimes veggies just grow too big to be sold at the supermarket. To make it worse, plenty is left sitting in no-man’s land simply due to there being ‘too much’ in that particular week!  A lot of this perfectly delicious produce is left all by itself in the field, unpicked and forgotten.

IT GOES BEYOND A FOOD PROBLEM… 

To top it off, fruit and veg are very thirsty too. A pound of  avocadoes take 74.1 gallons of water to grow until ripe enough to eat. That’s the equivalent of three bath tubs full.
 
The point is that growing fruit and veg is more than just a labour of love. It consumes loads of energy and water too, so let’s turnip the page on food waste and save our precious planet at the same time! 

ITS TIME TO CELERY-BRATE

We have spoken to some of our local farmers and growers who are just as keen to fix the problem. They supply us with their imperfect or surplus fruit and vegetables. Every week we zip around rescuing the fresh produce which would otherwise be left behind. We bring it back to Wonky HQ and box it up before delivering it throughout the day on Fridays & Saturdays. Don’t worry if you’re out and about, we'll leave it on your doorstep and send you a text or email when it's been delivered. Our deliverers are used to the hundreds of stairs climbing up to the average Wellingtonian household, so don't panic if you live in a maze, just prepare us using the delivery instructions box upon checkout. Make sure you state a safe and sheltered place!

A BIT ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY

At Wonky HQ we are trying to be as environmentally sustainable as possible. 
 
Although traffic pollution in Wellington dropped during the pandemic, it is climbing up again steadily but surely! Over the past decade, traffic emissions in Wellington increased by 14%, New Zealand’s by a whopping 50%. We want to be part of the solution, not the problem, so we plan our routes to be as efficient as possible. We are hoping that our one van delivering fresh produce will take more cars off the road that are headed to the supermarket. Our end goal will be to deliver overnight to avoid traffic - less starting and stopping and less sitting idle in the congestion. 
 
Even better, our boxes are 100% recyclable so if you leave your box at your front door overnight, our team will collect it and give it a new lease of life!
Garlic bulb dancing dressed as a super hero. Wonky fruit and vegetable delivery wellington.  

FIGHT FOOD POVERTY

A study in 2019 into food insecurity in New Zealand found that parents do their best to meet healthy eating standards for themselves and their families. However, inadequate incomes along with the rising cost of living, is leaving families without enough food to eat. In 2014, it was estimated that one out of six adults in New Zealand have run out of money to eat and a more recent study has shown that one in five Kiwi kids are living in households where food runs out sometimes or often. Whats nuts, is at the same time, one third of food human's produce goes to waste globally and this happens in all areas of the food production chain. 
 
At Wonky Box, nothing goes to waste. If at the end of the week we still have surplus fruit and veggies after packing boxes, we donate it to Everybody Eats in Wellington City Centre.  Everybody Eats serves restaurant quality, three-course meals, prepared by volunteer chefs, from perfectly good food that would otherwise go to waste. They operate on a pay what you can policy and aim to reduce food waste, food poverty and social isolation. We are all about this!
 
If you would like to donate separately, Wellington City Mission accepts donations which can be dropped at 19 Gordon Place, Newtown, between the hours of 9.00am and 3.30pm Monday to Thursday, and 10.30am – 3.30pm Friday. 
 

FARMERS & GROWERS

If you would be interested in helping to supply our boxes with fruit and veggies, please give us a ring on 02040709242 or email us at hello@wonkybox.nz