We all know that food waste is bad. None of us feel good about chucking the limp bit of salad at the bottom of the fridge, or the mouldy bread that’s been forgotten. But it isn’t just households that are the source of a huge amount of food waste (over 7 million tonnes in the UK according to Wrap in 2015); food retailers and restaurants are also guilty of this, throwing away leftover food from that night’s service or food that has reached its use-by date.

What if there was a way to considerably reduce the amount of food waste that’s generated, saving food from the bins? Well, there are apps that do just that. OLIO and Too Good To Go are just 2 examples that are spreading the message and paving the way for change.

Created in 2015, OLIO aims to connect people by allowing users to advertise their surplus food, whether it’s from households or businesses. You can browse what’s available in your local area and arrange to collect.

Too Good To Go targets food retailers, allowing them to advertise their surplus food to consumers for collection before their breakfast, lunch or dinner service is over. Currently partnered with 6,200 stores in 6 countries, the initiative has saved 1,300,000 meals from going to waste, equating to 650 tonnes of CO2 being avoided! This user-friendly app is diverse and continues to grow across the globe. From as little as £2, consumers can get a real bargain! Partners range from chain restaurants to independent café’s, so there’s something for everyone.

The urgency for change is growing, especially in regards to food waste. Apps are accessible to so many people, and both initiatives are presenting how this has the potential to make a real difference in the fight to tackle food waste.


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