Saasha Celestial-One and Tessa Cook, Co-Founders of OLIO

About OLIO

OLIO appOLIO 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.

Our mission

Our mission is to unlock the value of food that is wasted in the home and community.

Our story

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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Our team

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Tessa Cook

Co-Founder & CEO

tessa@OLIOex.com

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Saasha Celestial-One

Co-Founder & COO

saasha@OLIOex.com

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Martina Randles

Community Marketing

martina@OLIOex.com

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Viv Taylor

Growth & Marketing

viv@OLIOex.com

michael

Michael Barsties

Ambassador Network

michael@OLIOex.com

annecharlotte

Anne-Charlotte Mornington

Supply and Partnerships

annecharlotte@OLIOex.com

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Ben Cullen

Community Marketing

benc@OLIOex.com

lloyd

Lloyd Watkin

Back End Development

lloyd@OLIOex.com

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Jacques Dawid de Villiers

Front End Development

jacques@OLIOex.com

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Toni Dean

City Champion (Swadlincote)

toni@OLIOex.com

Ben-bell

Benjamin Bell

Communications & Public Affairs (Advisor)

ben@OLIOex.com

Our feedback

What our users are saying about OLIO

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Well done, OLIO team for the innovative and great idea. Have a very happy Christmas and a wonderful, waste-free New year!

Christine,

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We heard about OLIO on a television News feature yesterday. It is such an exciting app and are interested in hosting an OLIO Drop Box.

Georgia,

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Just got rid of some more bread about 5 minutes after listing 🙂 Such a good idea. Every success.

Seb,

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I downloaded OLIO last night after seeing something in the news about you. It’s a great idea. We are away on holiday but in the new year we will definitely start using your app. I’ll also spread the word around to neighbors & friends.

Kenny,

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Your idea is brilliant and I wish you every success, I am very enthusiastic about helping you please get in touch about how I maybe able to help you become a much more successful.

Barry,

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I love this concept (such a good idea!) and would love to become a volunteer for OLIO.

Cathy,

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Huge thank you for the app, it will keep my raw food diet going! I did a facebook post and shared the app with friends as one of the ways of thanking you.

Gauhar,

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Just wanted to say the app is amazing. Not only it saves food from going to waste it brings people together and creates opportunities.

Ergun,

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Your app is awesome.

Asleigh,

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Just wanted to drop you a quick note to say how great your app is. I have picked up a few free things and bought some reduced items over the last week or so and found the app really easy to use.

Sam,

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I just signed up today. It’s a fab idea and I wish you all the best with it.

Oonah,

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You and your company are doing a really great job of OLIO! I am most definitely one proud member and I have recommended it to all my uni friends 🙂

Georgia,

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I love your idea of recycling food. If you need any volunteers to help kick start your project in other parts of the capital then I would be delighted to help.

Claire,

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Love the concept, love the site! I hate wasting food and always despair at the skips full of edible food locked behind security gates at every supermarket in the country, which instead of going to help the needy goes to the landfill!

Susie,

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I think it’s a great idea as I have given a couple off things and also collected items from people.

Rob,

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I think this is such a great idea and I am telling all my friends about it! We all hate wasting food!!

Hilary,

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The OLIO app is great and think it’s such a wonderful concept.

Dina,

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I think it’s a great idea as I have given a couple off things and also collected items from people.

Rukisaf,

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You’re doing a fantastic job – well done! 🙂

Cheo,

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I’m so thrilled you have such a great influx from the news item today… You deserve all the success in the world…!!! YEY!!!

Ness,

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Congratulations on your new app launch! I really love the idea of your new app. I am passionate about community and sharing, and I am sickened by how much food is wasted on a day to day basis when there are people that are starving.

Tom,

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I already forwarded your website and app details on to ALL my friends and family as soon as I saw your news feature!

Nico,

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I saw your app in the local tv news…I love the concept and will contribute too.

Chris H.,

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I’m actually taking over my neighbours garden next week to start a huge vegetable patch so I’m sure there’ll be spare fruit and veg going in due course. Now I know what to do with it rather than letting it rot!

Rowena D.,

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Love the concept, love the site! I hate wasting food and always despair at the skips full of edible food locked behind security gates at every supermarket in the country, which instead of going to help the needy goes to the landfill!

Sarah M.,

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This is such a simple idea, I love it! I hate wasting food 🙂

Igor S.,

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I have a medical condition with some good and some not so good days. Today I wouldn’t have been able to cook, I collected some great soups ready made, and I am so grateful.

Jane A.,

Love OLIO and want to get involved?