My parents are farmers and so I know how much hard work goes into producing the food we all eat, and absolutely *hate* throwing it away! Fast forward to 2014, I was moving country and the removal men said I had to bin our food – I couldn’t do it and that was the light bulb moment when OLIO was born.
I have been passionate about reducing food waste since my university days – I even wrote my dissertation on food surplus redistribution. My ambition in making the food industry better has been realised since working at OLIO.
I am always looking for ways to live more sustainably. I grow my own vegetables and avoid waste by not buying things I don’t need (tip of the day: make a shopping list before you go to the supermarket). The amazing thing about working at OLIO is that I am now making it easier for people all over the world to reduce waste in their lives too.
I’m originally from South Africa, where food waste is not a big problem, specifically due to the extreme poverty levels. Someone would gladly to take any spare food you may have. I was shocked to see the levels of food waste in the UK and I never realised the scale of the problem. Our world has enough food, we just need to distribute it in a better way.
My environmentalism & social conscience originally grew out of a concern for animal welfare. As I learned more about diet, waste, economics, my interest broadened. Today I try to live as sustainably as possible; we grow our own food, have solar panels, raise our own animals, and dream of switching from a hybrid to a fully electric car in the future.
During my studies in Germany, I was part of a nationwide network of people who stood up to food waste by sharing food. Surprised something similar didn’t exist in London at the time, I was extremely happy to discover the arrival of OLIO in early 2015.
My passion for reducing food waste started when I was in my late teens. I worked at a famous patisserie in Toronto and was horrified when they threw out a rubbish bag of unsold cakes on my first day. For the rest of my time there, I took all the unsold cakes home and distributed them to my neighbours. Needless to say, my neighbours were very disappointed when I left that job!
I’ve always been inspired by the green technology industry. OLIO is exceptional as it provides the general public with a ‘back-to-basics’ way of saving the planet, one piece of food at a time! OLIO has completely changed my attitude to food waste and I am now working to change other people’s attitudes too!
Growing up, my mum was the most amazing, resourceful cook, and she would always use lot’s of homegrown produce. Cooking & growing your own food makes you appreciate it so much more. Wasting something that you have put so much effort, time and love into producing, makes no sense to me.