Media Coverage

May 29th, 2018

Sharing with strangers: ‘I’m a student, this way I get free food’

Strangers are using an app to meet up and share unwanted food, to save money and reduce food waste.

May 29th, 2018

People Fixing the World podcast: Fighting Food Waste

Two London-based technology start-ups are aiming to fight food waste in different ways.

May 24th, 2018

The Food Waste-Saving Apps That Could Revolutionise Your Dinner & Save You Money

A new wave of apps is stepping up to the plate, connecting people to food that would otherwise go straight in the bin.

May 10th, 2018

Eco-friendly apps to keep you fed and watered

Save money while saving the planet with these eco-friendly apps.

May 4th, 2018

Recycle the Weetabix! What I learned from a month on the app that tackles food waste

Looking for bargains need not be a chore – as part of our series on saving cash, here are some ideas to make your budget stretch further.

April 2nd, 2018

London Hacks – Living on £1 a Day

Popular YouTuber ‘London Hacks‘ started a 7 day challenge to show how easy (or hard) it is to live on £1 a day.

February 23rd, 2018

The start-ups you need to know from Facebook’s first incubator

Facebook has launched its first in-house start-up incubator, LDN_LAB – these are the companies to watch .

February 19th, 2018

Meet the woman on a mission to transform the way we use food waste

Saasha Celestial-One, co-founder of the world’s first food-sharing app is Stylist’s Woman of the Week.

February 5th, 2018

Global food waste: The 5 entrepreneurs who are solving the problem

These innovative individuals are making a serious impact on every level of the food waste chain.

January 31st, 2018

4 apps to fight food waste with your phone

Become part of the solution with these free apps.

December 25, 2017

There is now ‘Tinder for food’ and it could help save the environment

Two entrepreneurs from London are aiming to make the planet healthier with their app for tackling food waste

December 1, 2017

Tinder for food: App shares leftovers for a healthier planet

Instead of tossing food out, why not share them with friends and neighbours and care for the planet at the same time?

November 8, 2017

10 UK Tech SMEs Set For The Big Time In 2018

As another exciting year for UK technology companies draws to a close, who will be the big names of 2018?

November 6, 2017

With wonky vegetables and beer, social enterprises keep food out of landfills

There are a growing number of social enterprises that are tackling food waste in Britain.

November 2, 2017

Five food sharing apps helping us to love food and hate waste

Here’s five food sharing apps which make it easier to love food and hate waste.

October 24, 2017

Share leftovers with strangers and make pizzas for under a quid

“When I checked my local area, there were people offloading herbs and vegetables from their gardens, as well as almost out of date bread and milk donated by local food shops.”

October 23, 2017

Thrifty woman spends just £5 a week on food bill by rummaging in bins and taking leftovers from strangers

Josephine Liang, 25, opted out of her usual food shop a month ago to feast on unwanted food instead, which include gourmet restaurant dinners.

October 8, 2017

The women entrepreneurs helping us to live with less 

The anti-waste movement is growing, not just because it’s the right thing to do but because it makes us feel good.

October 4, 2017

Costing the Earth: Dare to Share

As many more industries are about to be ‘disrupted’ by sharing technology, Tom Heap discovers how the sharing economy might also be good for the planet.

September 28, 2017

I had a chat with… Saasha Celestial-One

Saasha cofounded OLIO with her friend Tessa Cook, which grew from an idea into an app saving thousands of food items every week.

September 25, 2017

How to save money on your shopping

Looking for bargains need not be a chore – as part of our series on saving cash, here are some ideas to make your budget stretch further.

September 7, 2017

10 mouth watering food apps to watch

What do you get when you cross hot technology and a delicious meal.

September 5, 2017

This global citizen of the UK hates food waste so much she launched an app to end it

Tessa Cook’s dream has sparked a food sharing revolution.

August 3, 2017

Startup boss goes green to crackdown on wasted groceries

Think twice before you throw out those perfectly good tins of baked beans. You never know, your neighbour might need it.

July 20, 2017

Why isn’t there an app for that?

“The average household throws away £700 worth of food a year. And collectively, UK households throw away £13bn worth of food that could have been eaten.”

July 7, 2017

Food Waste App OLIO Has Become A Lifeline For Those Who Can’t Afford To Feed Themselves

I don’t have to decide whether to have food or take a bus to work.

June 16, 2017

Share the love, peace and peanut butter

An app for surplus food means that no Coke is left unfinished.

May 19, 2017

This app is fighting food waste and offering free meals

American households throw food worth $165 billion in the trash each year. Now they can share it with their neighbours instead, thanks to a new app.

May 18, 2017

OLIO – How a social startup took off

In this first episode of the AWS Startup Stories special, Darren Mowry, talks to Tessa Cook, co-founder and CEO of food sharing app OLIO.

April 25, 2017

The app that’s kickstarting a food-sharing revolution

When Tessa Cook and Saasha Celestial-One realised the scale of global food waste, they felt compelled to find a simple solution.

April 17, 2017

4 ways to donate your leftover Easter chocolate

Some of us are great at having just a little nibble of chocolate here and there, even during the Easter holiday.

March 18, 2017

What happened when Sainsbury’s funded a food waste was in Swadlincote

For the past year Sainsbury’s has been funding a war against food waste in Swadlincote, Derbyshire. But was it successful?

February 28, 2017

Fighting food waste with an app… and a measuring spoon

In a year-long experiment, families in Swadlincote tried to cut food waste by 50% – and attempt to save hundreds of pounds.

February 28, 2017

Business is child’s play

‘Parentrepreneurs’ will contribute more than £9.5bn to the UK’s coffers by 2025 – and the following resourceful mums and dads are set to be among them.

February 14, 2017

Want your class to go green? These apps will get them hooked

Climate change remains high on the agenda, renewable energy discussions roll on, and sustainability is becoming more involved in conversations about food.

February 14, 2017

How smart SMEs are making money from food waste

From air-dried crisps made from surplus fruit to beer brewed from unused bread, innovative entrepreneurs are turning discarded peelings into profit.

February 21, 2017

12 ways to make your food go further

Love food? From sweet ice cream made from overripe bananas to a new use for the heel of a Parmesan cheese block, here are ten tips to help you stop wasting your food.

January 16, 2017

Charity and bakery lead charge to tackle £13billion ‘food waste mountain’

An incredible £13 billion of edible food is being thrown away every year. But a number of projects in Brighton are hoping to buck that trend.

January 11, 2017

Londres : vers la fin du gaspillage alimentaire

Au Royaume-Uni, un foyer jette à la poubelle en moyenne 1 000 euros de nourriture toujours bonne à manger par an, affirme Tessa Cook, fondatrice de l’application Olio. Alors, certains ont décidé d’y remédier.

December 19, 2016

Green Tech Heroes: OLIO

OLIO is a free mobile app that connects neighbours with each other and local shops, allowing leftover food and other items to be shared, rather than thrown away. We had a chat with Tessa Cook, Co-Founder of OLIO about the app and her thoughts on the green technology landscape.

December 2, 2016

What’s the deal? 3 ways to stop wasting food & save money

A typical American family of four throws out around $1,600 of food each year. You’re not just throwing away good leftovers, you’re throwing away cold, hard cash.

November 22, 2016

How sharing apps like OLIO could save you money in London

Harriet is an avid user of OLIO, the new food-sharing app that, according to CEO and founder, Tessa Cook, will revolutionise household food waste. “In five years’ time we will look back in horror at how much food was thrown away. ‘OLIOing’ will become second nature,” believes Tessa.

November 22, 2016

Eat It, Don’t Leave It: How London Became A Leader In Anti-Food Waste

“It feels so good that we’ve saved all of this from going in the bin,” says Kidd, who herself uses the app to pick up odds and ends for her pantry. “I don’t think I’ve bought any spices since I’ve got the app,” Kidd says. “It’s amazing.”

September 26, 2016

ITV News: OLIO the Food Sharing App (TV)

September 23, 2016

Apps to stop food waste (TV)

New app aims to be the answer to London’s food waste

September 22, 2016

Food sharing app that hooks you up with nearby grub for FREE

We chuck out 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year in the UK and more than half of this food could have been eaten. A new free food and drink sharing app called Olio could change that.

September 14, 2016

7 ways to save £700 a year on food

OLIO – This new app connects neighbours and local restaurants and retailers to share surplus food rather than throw it out. You download the app, set your home location and then you can see what food is being offered locally.

August 8, 2016

Waste not, want not: Food leftovers app launched in York

The OLIO app is already in use in other cities like Cardiff, London and Newcastle and it allows neighbours and independent shops to share surplus food before it goes out of date.

June 11, 2016

This week’s Style List

Waste Shrinking – The Olio app connects people, cafes and shops to ensure excess food is shared not chucked (free,

June 17, 2016

Could tech reduce food waste and help feed the world?

Tessa Cook hopes her Olio app, which connects neighbours and local businesses wanting to exchange or sell surplus edible food, will foster a “food sharing revolution”.

June 3, 2016

Real life Come Dine with Me is the next ‘social eating revolution’

“Food-sharing may well take off in other ways too,” Allison says. “People are more concerned over food waste, driving consumers to share their leftovers. There are already apps for this: OLIO connects neighbours and local businesses to exchange their edible surplus food and lower levels of food waste in their community.

May 17, 2016

Can a simple food app solve our food waste crisis?

This powerful short film illustrates the motivation behind our food sharing revolution, OLIO. While supermarkets are often blamed for food waste, of the 15 million tonnes of food thrown away each year in the UK, nearly half is chucked out by us at home.

May 13, 2016

Food Waste App OLIO Prevents Thousands Of Items From Being Thrown Away

The average UK family throws away 22% of their weekly shop. An ingenious food app is saving tens of thousands of food items from ending up in the bin – and bringing neighbours together in the process.

May 12, 2016

Can a Craigslist for cucumbers tackle the UK’s food waste?

Where most people see a bruised banana, Saasha Celestial-One and Tessa Cook see a chance to share. Their new app, Olio, allows greengrocers, cafes, restaurants and neighbours to photograph and post food that is surplus, unappealing or close to expiry; other app users then request it and are notified where to pick it up.

May 15, 2016

Farmer’s daughter develops app to share leftover food

A farmer’s daughter has launched a new app, which allows people and businesses to share their leftover food and produce. Successful businesswoman Tessa Cook says she was fed up with seeing a third of her family’s hard work go to waste.

March 31, 2016

Food-sharing app to reduce city leftovers

Olio, a food-sharing app that operates in a similar way to Gumtree, will be implemented in Edinburgh today in an effort to reduce food waste.

February 7, 2016

Feed thy neighbour? There’s an app for that – Xanthe Clay tried out food-sharing app Olio

Olio, a food-sharing app that operates in a similar way to Gumtree, will be implemented in Edinburgh today in an effort to reduce food waste.

January 17, 2016

Olio App Reduces Food Waste By Giving Away Your Leftovers

UK households throw away £12.5 billion of edible food and drink every year, according to the most recent research. iOS and Android app Olio wants to help by putting those who have leftover food in touch with those who need it

January 9, 2016

This app will stop you chucking good food out and give it to your neighbours instead

So how does Olio work? It’s essentially Freecycle for food. If you have anything that’s within its expiry date, but you’re not going to use anymore, you can simply list it and one of your neighbours will come and pick it up.