08 Aug OLIO Stories: Rachel from London
By sharing food on OLIO, I felt like I was honouring the land and seas that helped generate food. So much time, effort, passion, resources and hard work goes into producing food, so when I share, I feel like I am respecting all these vital aspects.
Welcome to OLIO Stories, a series where we get to know people who share food on the app!
Fancy getting to know people who are a part of OLIO? Please welcome Rachel from South London!
Hello Rachel! How long have you been using OLIO and how did you find out about it?
My daughter put me onto it whilst she was at university about a month ago and I’ve been using it ever since. Now I use OLIO every day!
How would you describe your first OLIO experience?
I had a huge half of a watermelon to give away as my husband bought too much. I wasn’t sure anyone would really want, so I took a punt, popped it on OLIO and within a few hours, it had been requested and collected. It was really nice to see it used up instead of binned.
How does it feel to save and share things that would otherwise go to waste?
By sharing food on OLIO, I felt like I was honouring the land and seas that helped generate this produce. So much time, effort, passion, resources and hard work goes into producing food, so when I share, I feel like I am respecting all these aspects.
What is your most memorable OLIO moment?
The first time someone responded to my post! It felt real, like there was a point to be doing all this. It surprised me how much appetite there is out there for OLIO (quite literally!).
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?
Yes, I’ve definitely reduced what I buy. I buy less and more often, and use up what I have. Sometimes something gets forgotten at the back of the fridge but if that happens, I don’t beat myself up about it.
We love your approach, Rachel! If someone has downloaded OLIO, but hasn’t used it yet, what would you say to encourage them to use it?
It’s a bit like karma – what you put out, is what you receive.