We all know not to waste food; we tell our children the same thing, and for good reason. Even though 40 per cent of food waste occurs during harvest and processing, another 40 per cent of all food produced is lost on the retail or consumer level in developed nations.
Food waste ranges from 15-20 per cent in most regions except in the United States where it is 42 per cent.
On average, each consumer is accountable for between 95-115kg of food waste a year in Europe and North America. That’s a shocking 222 million tonnes.
When food waste is dumped in landfills, anaerobic decomposition releases methane gas and this generates eight per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions. If food waste was compared to a country, it would make it the third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases after China and the United States.
We are all guilty of food waste. But that’s great news because it means each of us can do something about it. This could be in the form of better planning when shopping and cooking or by composting your perishables. However, if don’t feel like cooking, there are good alternatives for takeaways.
An App called Too Good To Go packs you a surprise doggy bag at a set price. Often, the perishables remaining at the end of the day are too negligible to be sent to food banks or local community kitchens. This concept helps restaurants manage and profit from leftover food with little effort while the customer reaps the benefits of a cheaper meal and has the opportunity to make a difference.
In some countries, Too Good To Go also partners with grocery stores so you can also purchase a surprise package at a fraction of the usual supermarket price.
In contrast to some other food-waste saving apps, there is no menu to choose from. This makes sense because who knows what is going to be trashed at the end of the day? The simplicity of the concept means no fuss with managing another set of menu.
“We wanted to find a simple solution,” says Lucie Basch, co-founder of Too Good To Go.
Too Good to Go was founded in Copenhagen in 2016 and launched in the United States in September 2020. It is now operational in 15 countries with more than 14 million registered users, saving an impressive 125,000 meals worth of food a day. The website is also equipped with a knowledge hub where you can learn more about food waste.
If Too Good To Go is not yet available in your country or city, you can check out other apps that may better suit your needs.
Farm Drop found in Greater London and the South East allows you to order groceries from independent local producers. It also makes shopping a breeze by allowing you to buy just enough ingredients for the recipes on their website. Olio is more of a community app where you connect, meet and share your products.
So now, there’s no more reason to waste food.