4 Apps for Saving Food and Money

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

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

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.

Too Good To Go

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!

Olio

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!

How to eat in a more sustainable way

A big chunk of our yearly impact comes from the food we consume. Without food, we die. So compared to other types of consumption food is clearly driven by an actual need, compared to most fashion consumption. Still, in some parts of the world food consumption has become a problem.

Food waste, transporting exotic fruits by plane and methane releasing cattle. All food-related problems you will hear of in the West. So do we need to stop eating anything grown far away or give up meat cold turkey (pun intended)? I say no. While we might be able to sustain ourselves on a local vegan diet, for most people there is a lack of money, time, knowledge or allergies that makes it hard or impossible. But we can all do something!

Eat less meat

The meat industry has a huge impact on the environment and accounts for a big portion of an individual’s carbon footprint. While I do believe that it is possible to enjoy an omnivore diet and be sustainable, the truth is that most of the meat consumed is factory farmed and not got for the environment, the animals nor our health.

Eating less meat doesn’t mean you have to give it up completely. For some it might mean meatless Mondays. For some only having it for one meal a day or maybe reserving it for weekends and special events. However, if you want to continue eating meat, invest in good meat, from animals that have lived well and that haven’t been force-fed soy and antibiotics. Look for local farmers where you can see how the animals are treated or go for organic grass-fed meats.

Support local

What most people think about when it comes to local products is that it avoids long transportation, but it also contributes to the local economy and to create a thriving community. Local farmers and producers are needed to keep the landscape living and thriving.

Seasonal foods

Consuming seasonal foods are great as there is no need for energy-craving greenhouses or transportations from around the world. Sometimes the supply of seasonal produce is high, so eating in season can also decrease the eventual waste.

Not only is seasonal foods better for the planet, but generally both taste better and are cheaper than buying other kinds of foods. Supply and demand! So instead of opting for the out season produce from across the world, indulge in some cheap and delicious seasonal foods.

Buy organic

Organic means that the use of synthetic pesticides and herbicides are not used. This is important for biodiversity, for the bees, for the health of the farmers and of the people living in the areas where it is grown. Some say it might even be better for your own health!

If organic feels way out of your budget, try to see if there is something you might be able to prioritize differently. Maybe you could skip a chocolate bar or two and instead spend that extra money on some organic milk? Some fruits and veggies are known as the dirty dozen, they generally contain the highest amounts of pesticides so if you cannot manage to buy everything organic, maybe you can avoid the worst ones?

Don’t waste

About one-third of all food is wasted worldwide. From all parts of the food chain there is a waste, in production, in stores, and in the homes. Our biggest impact is in the homes, but by buying wonky-looking veggies and brown fruits we can also tell store owners and producers that there is a demand for less aesthetically pleasing produce as well.

Food waste is not only bad due to the fact that it wastes the food and all the resources used but also because many countries don’t have compost. This means that the food waste ends up in landfills where it does not degrade due to being packed tightly with no air to break it down. This ends up emitting methane, yep the same thing as the cows.

What do you do to eat more sustainably? Do you have any points to add to the list?