Quick wins for #StopFoodWasteDay
The UK alone wastes 1.9 million tonnes of food each year, and much of this waste happens at home. At Veris Strategies, food waste is one of our passion points. We work with leading food manufacturers to identify where food waste is happening in their factories, to eliminate avoidable waste and facilitate relationships with community organisations to redistribute surplus food. The teams we work with are just as passionate as we are. Food should not be wasted.
However, it is not just businesses - Love Food Hate Waste suggest that if you are a family of four, you could be saving as much as £70 each month by being more savvy in your own kitchen at home.
Downloading one of these food waste apps below to reduce your surplus food will not only make a positive contribution to the environment, you will also be doing your bit to help support UN Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger.
The best food waste apps
Olio helps to connect neighbours and local retailers so surplus food can be shared and not disposed of. This also works as a trading platform with other items on offer such as garden tools and kitchen appliances.
Neighbourly Food is a social platform that connects local community projects with companies, which aims to ease the logistical problems of redistributing unwanted food.
The app links local charities, which Neighbourly says are often ‘invisible to potential food donors’, with retailers, supermarkets, grocers, manufacturers and food distributors.
Winnow was originally designed to help commercial kitchens cut down on the amount of excess food being wasted, but it has since been adapted for domestic use.
The app was tested out by Sainbury’s as part of its ‘Waste Less, Save More’ campaign, with six households using Winnow to determine the value of the food they were throwing away. After learning the true cost of their actions, each family took steps to make changes and managed to reduce their food waste by 68 per cent on average.
Foodcloud partners supermarkets with charities to donate unsold food items. This is one of the best food waste apps for supporting local communities through organisations such as homeless shelters and family support services.
Too Good To Go
Active in nine European countries, this app helps to combat the issue of waste by providing a platform for stores to sell their surplus produce at a reduced price - think food delivery with a green discount!
From the Michelin-starred Aquavit to Hummus Bros, Magpie and Detox Kitchen, this Swedish start-up allows consumers to discover unsold food from nearby restaurants, bars and cafés in London.
This farm-to-door style delivery service connects the consumer directly with local farmers, to ensure maximum transparency. It combines the highest respect for quality and sustainability with minimal waste and optimal environmental standards.
This shopping guide app enables you to track how healthy, sustainable and ethical the companies you buy from and the products you purchase are, with just the scan of a barcode.
With a receipt and barcode scanner, expiration reminders and a meal-planning feature, this food inventory app helps you to reduce waste, unnecessary purchases and to save money.