09 Jun OLIO Stories: Jenny from London
I realised how many people were willing to pick up food from a stranger's fridge. I often travel, so it was a great and efficient way to pass on my organic vegetables to someone who could use them.
Welcome again to OLIO Stories, a series where we get to know people who share food on the app!
Meet Jenny from London! She is a passionate environmentalist so using OLIO to share food and mitigate climate change makes so much sense. Here’s her story…
Hi there, Jenny! How long have you been using OLIO and how did you find out about it?
It started about 6 months ago and found out about OLIO through a person I follow on Instagram who posted photos of the food she had collected.
Why did you decide to give the app a go and what made you stay with us after that?
I am an environmentalist working for a climate change organisation so sharing my food on OLIO not only helps prevent unnecessary greenhouse emissions, but also helps to make sure resources are distributed back into the community.
I then realised how many people were willing to pick up food from a stranger’s fridge! I often travel, so it was a great and efficient way to pass on my organic vegetables to someone who could use them. It felt really good to know that someone else would be cooking and using it.
How does it feel to save and share things that would otherwise go to waste?
It feels like I’m making a tangible contribution to preventing climate change and not letting our natural precious resources go to waste. People don’t realise how many litres of water, for instance, goes into producing the food we eat.
What surprised you the most about OLIO?
People really will pick up most things. I have given away half-eaten chocolate bars or foods from my cupboard that has long gone past its best before date.
What’s your most memorable OLIO story?
I made a curry but I got a little tired of eating the leftovers. I posted a portion of it, and a lovely student in the neighbourhood picked it up. She sent me a text later that night, thanking me again but also letting me know I was a good chef! That certainly brightened up my day.
Has joining OLIO made you more knowledgeable about food waste, and has it helped you to be more aware about buying or throwing away food?
I almost never throw anything away since joining OLIO as I know there will be someone who will collect it. Previously I may have thrown it in the compost bin or in the trash and have felt guilty about it!
Smart choice, Jenny! Thank you for sharing your story.