Did you know that we waste 1.3 billion tonnes of food each year? That’s enough to feed three billion people – almost half the earth’s population. With this statistic in mind, we’ve been thinking about clever ways to reduce our contribution to these staggering figures, and came across a genius app called Too Good To Go. Read on to discover how you can help to solve the problem, alongside top food waste-saving tips.
By 2050, the population will have reached 9 billion. To feed everyone in 2050, without changing how much food we waste, we’ll need to increase food production by 70%. As well as the practical issue of feeding the growing population, food waste is causing catastrophic environmental impact. If food waste were a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gasses – second only to China and the USA. Tackling food waste could help reduce both food poverty as well as environmental damage.
Ways to make a difference
It’s not all doom and gloom. There’s so much you can do to help reduce food waste, even in your own home. Keeping a diary of all the food you waste – no matter how small it may seem – is a great way to think about what you actually need when you’re doing the weekly shop. As well as recording what you waste, moving food to the freezer when you realise you have too much before you waste it is a great way to make the weekly shop go further, as well as reducing your food waste. Finally, reducing the amount you prepare and serve up can make a huge difference in how much food ends up in landfill. Just preventing those last scraps of food you couldn’t quite finish ending up in the bin all adds up.
For those looking to help even more with the fight against food waste, there’s another option. Too Good To Go is a free app that allows stores to sell surplus food at the end of service for a reduced price. It’s simple to use as well, you purchase a portion from your favourite store – collect at the time and place on the receipt – and enjoy (even more knowing you’ve helped rescue a meal from being wasted). Every meal rescued through Too Good To Go reduces CO2 emissions by 1-2 kilos. If that doesn’t sound like much, just imagine what we can do if we work together!
A war against food waste
Too Good To Go started when a group of like-minded people from across Europe came together, with the idea of reducing food waste with tech. After launching the app across Denmark, UK, France, Norway and Germany in 2016, it took off and grew rapidly – saving 2.5 million meals by the end of 2017. This has prevented CO2 emissions equivalent to taking 1,071 cars off the road.
The quality of food on the app also makes Too Good To Go a great solution. With well known brands such as Yo! Sushi and Chop’d offering high quality food, as well as quirky independents like Unripe Banana and Temple of Sietan in Hackney or Ethos just off Oxford Street in London all offering exclusively vegan and vegetarian options – there’s something for everyone.
The result is win-win-win, stores avoid making a loss on food that goes to waste, customers get a great quality meal for a great price, and the environment wins – with less CO2 being emitted thanks to reduced food waste. You’re now fully prepared to join the food waste revolution.
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