Food waste has become a huge problem. From farm to plate, about one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption gets wasted. In the meantime 1 in 9 people goes hungry at night. Wasting food is not only shameful, but it also uses valuable environmental resources and costs money. In the UK alone, £13bn worth of food that could have been eaten end up in the bin. From meal planning to better use of leftovers, there are many ways we can reduce the amount of food we throw away, saving on average up to £60 a month.
Listed below are some innovative apps that you can simply download on your phone to help alleviate the issue. Each app has a different angle from sharing food, buying cheap surplus meals from local restaurants or simply being alerted to latest supermarket deals. Two are available in the UK (Olio and Too Good To Go), while the others are available in Europe and India.
Olio (UK) – OLIO connects neighbours with each other and with local businesses so surplus food can be shared, not thrown away. It could be teabags in your cupboard, groceries in your fridge, spare home-grown vegetables to food nearing its sell-by date in local stores. OLIO helps you connect with like-minded people around you, whether you got food or want food. OLIO can also be used for non-food household items too. Available for Android & iOS.
Too Good To Go (UK + Europe) – Founded in Denmark in 2015, Too Good To Go is now available in 6 different countries and will be rolling out in the US next year. Download the App and order surplus food from local restaurants, cafes, bakeries & other stores near you. Collect it up to an hour before closing time and enjoy prices from as little as £2 and a maximum of £3.80. From June to November 2015, To Good To Go helped prevent 10,000 UK meals to go to landfill. Available for Android & iOS.
Lunchie (Finland) – “Taste something new everyday”, Lunchie also matches restaurants that have surplus from their lunch services with individuals who are looking for meals at reasonable take-away prices. Available for Android & iOS.
NoFoodWasted (The Netherlands) – NoFoodWasted enables supermarkets and consumers to work together to reduce food waste. Everyday supermarkets can list products that are almost at their best before date and at discounted prices. With the app, individuals stay up-to-date with offers from their favourite shops, benefiting from savings and buying products that would otherwise go to waste. Available for Android & iOS.
Yo No Desperdicio (Spain) – with Yo No Desperdicio, Spanish consumers can share food between themselves that they no longer want or cannot use. Both parties then arrange for the free delivery of the products. Available for Android.
No Food Waste (India) – No Food Waste serves the surplus excess foods from Weddings, Parties and other events to the hungry and deprived. Present in 4 cities in India, No Food Waste has fed over 230000 people so far. Available for Android.