OLIO is a free app that connects neighbours with each other and with local businesses so surplus food can be shared, not thrown away. This could be food nearing its sell-by date in local stores, spare home-grown vegetables, bread from your baker, or the groceries in your fridge when you go away. For your convenience, OLIO can also be used for non-food household items, too.
OLIO is super easy! To make an item available, simply open the app, add a photo, description, price (if applicable), and when and where the item is available for pick-up.
To access items, simply browse the listings available near you, request whatever takes your fancy and arrange a pick-up via private messaging.
Here at OLIO we believe that small actions can lead to big change. Collectively – one rescued cupcake, carrot or bottle of lotion at a time – we can build a more sustainable future where our precious resources are shared, not thrown away.
OLIO was founded by Tessa Cook and Saasha Celestial-One who met during their time studying business at Stanford University in California.
The idea for OLIO came about when Tessa moved back to England from living overseas. On moving day she found herself with some perfectly good food that she couldn’t bring herself to throw away. So she went out onto the streets to find someone to give this food to, but failed miserably. In that moment she thought, there has to be a better way – why not a mobile app? And so the idea of OLIO was born. However the first people she shared this idea with thought she was absolutely crazy! And it was only when she described the idea to Saasha and saw Saasha’s eyes light up that they both realized they just had to bring OLIO to life. And so the food sharing revolution – and adventure – began…
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