About one-third of food is wasted each year. A part of this comes from grocery stores and restaurants. Some countries, like France, have created laws to ban stores from throwing out edible foods, but in most countries this is not the deal. People have gone so far as to dive down dumpsters, so called dumpster diving, outside of food stores and restaurants to retrieve food that is fully edible but no longer sellable.
I’m not really into the whole idea of crawling through trash, so I’ve instead downloaded some neat apps that allow me to save foods from stores and restaurants before they go down the dumpster. As a perk for me, the food is either cheaper or completely free. A real win-win!
If you want to start saving food, check out the apps below to see if there is anything in your area!
Karma allows you to save food from restaurants and stores for less than 50 percent of the price. This means that cafés, restaurants and grocery stores can advertise the foods they wont be able to sell during the day, avoiding having to waste food and also getting some extra money. For you as an individual it means food for less!
The company was founded in 2016 in Sweden and they are currently selling in Sweden and the UK, while expanding to France and Europe soon. Living in Stockholm, there are new restaurants and stores added to the app daily and I very rarely get take away at full price anymore. If I feel to tired to cook in the evening I just buy something in the app and pick it up on my way home.
ResQ is a finish company that works in the same way as Karma. Save food that is about to expire or won’t be able to be sold for 50 percent of the price! It is currently available in Finland and Sweden, as well as parts of Germany and Poland.
This app allows you to save food by buying surplus from stores and restaurants. This one is cheaper than the previous two, but the difference is that with Too Good To Go you order a “magic bag”, which means you don’t know what you are actually getting.
There is a filter for vegetarian options, but if you are a picky eater this might not be the option for you. Too Good To Go are currently available in over 10 European countries and continue to expand!
Unlike the others, Olio is not simply a business to consumer solution, but it also connects individuals with each other. Allowing people and restaurants to share food that they will not be able to eat.
Maybe your neighbour grew so much zucchini they can’t take care of it themselves, or you might be going away for travels and don’t want to throw out the veggies that wont last. Well, that’s where Olio comes in! Another great thing about Olio is everything is free!
Do you have any other food saving apps where you live? I would love to learn know more options!