May 29th, 2018
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“When I checked my local area, there were people offloading herbs and vegetables from their gardens, as well as almost out of date bread and milk donated by local food shops.”
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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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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like Cardiff, London and Newcastle and it allows neighbours and independent shops to share surplus food before it goes out of date.
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”.
“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.
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.
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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.
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
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.