=> Getting or giving food surplus
There is a wide variety of applications created with the aim of reducing food waste. Some target professional kitchens, other connect retailers with charities (like California-based wastenofood.org). Because there are several avenues to prevent actual food from being wasted, many of those apps are local ones, providing one way through which a particular food retailer can connect with leftovers candidates.
OLIO, is an app available worldwide which enables any individual or local shop to give their left over. The service being provided is free, it also addresses the issue of hunger. And since at Humanly Sustainable we believe that strengthening social relationships is at the core of sustainability, the possibility to connect with neighbours through food sharing is for us the main asset of this particular app.
Too Good to Go seems to be the most effective ‘anti-food waste’ application so far. It successfully allows hungry customers to fill up boxes of leftovers at local restaurants before closing time. And at very low prices. Not unsurprisingly, it was founded in Denmark, the country at the forefront of food waste reduction, and is now available in 6 countries across Europe.
Because it is the sheer number of people and retailers using these apps that determine their effectiveness, patience and regular use might be needed before we witness the booming interactions we may expect.
In India, No Food Waste recover food left over from parties, weddings and other events to donate it to “hunger spots” that are spread throughout India, with individual locations in Turkey, the UAE and all the way to Nashville, Tennessee.
=> It starts in the fridge
FoodKeeper educates us on how to store food properly in order to maximise their freshness. Oh and by the way, remember that “Best by” and “Sell by” dates are *only indicative*, are not regulated and do not refer to food safety but rather to the quality of the product which would decrease after a certain time. Yep. “Use by” dates should be more closely followed. In any case, trust that you can use your sense to determine whether a product can be eaten or not!
=> A step beyond
With Casserole Club, the casual leftover plate given for free is turned into a conscious desire to strengthen a community by reaching out to its elderly members. In England and Australia, a Diner is paired with a Cook and they meet once a week, once a month, whenever, to share food. And much more.
Do you have experience with these apps? Or any other that have proved helpful in reducing your food waste?
Last but no least, similarly to the caffè sospeso or (suspended coffee) concept, money can be contributed via the app towards
Fosters kindness and, above all, trust.