Food waste is a serious problem. We all have the best intentions to cut back the amount of food we throw out, but we may not necessarily know how to do it. What better way than by using a food waste app? Let technology be your friend, whether you’re tech savvy or not.
Here are some of the best apps available to get your waste down:
#1: Too Good To Go
This app helps to reduce food waste by providing a platform for stores to sell their surplus produce, at reduced prices. It’s available in 12 European countries and is rapidly growing in popularity. Excess goods are delivered to your door, allowing stores to recoup some of their costs, as well as providing produce at reduced prices to those that need it.
#2: Refill London
Ok, so it's not technically a food waste app. But we thought this clever app was worth a mention, as it allows you to locate water refill stations around the UK. With over 30,000 refill stations, including public fountains and participating coffee shops, this app will stop you from buying bottled water in single use plastic bottles; it’s good for your budget and good for the planet. Of course, you can always ask any coffee shop to refill you bottle, but this makes the asking a little less awkward (we are in Britain, after all).
A leader in the fight on food waste, this app connects neighbours and local stores, so excess produce can be shared rather than being disposed of. It also includes other items like garden tools and kitchen appliances, allowing locals to trade with those that are closely located; it’s a win for the war on food waste.
Kitche is a brilliant way to reduce food waste. The app addresses the challenge that so many of us face on a daily basis, creating a meal from the ingredients you already have in your kitchen cupboard. You enter the products and it gives you a selection of dishes that you can cook, using those ingredients. There’s no need to make a trip to the grocery store for that one ingredient that you don’t have in the pantry. It not only reduces the overall food waste of a household, by encouraging you to use ingredients that would otherwise spoil, but it also helps stretch the budget. It helps you to keep track of food waste at home by sending you reminders, even when you're on the go!
ShareWaste is a great food waste app that will give your discarded kitchen scraps a second chance. It solves a big problem for people who have no indoor space to compost - by connecting them to people in their neighbourhood who have set up home composting in their garden, and need the extra food scraps. It's a great way to divert waste from landfills while getting to know like-minded people around you. Plus, they're entirely driven by volunteers!
Think of the impact we could make if we all used these apps to reduce food waste! Have you downloaded any of these apps? Share in the comments below!