Everyone around me seems to be ecstatic about the food sharing app Olio and for good reason! It prevents food waste by letting you upload your surplus food (and non-food) items easily with its user friendly interface and someone in your area gets in touch to pick it up at a convenient time.
I’ve been using it for a while and have had a great experience so far.
A Turkish coffee maker I put online was picked up by a Turkish Cypriot neighbour, who’s been looking for it for months with no luck as it’s been out of production. He was so happy to have found it, he came to pick it up with a box of chocolate! So nice! A traditional Turkish tulum cheese was picked up by a lovely Italian who wanted to try something new, and I was surprised to find a taker for my decaf Turkish coffee and jam sugar!
Of course homeless shelters are a great place to donate food but since they only accept full, sealed packets of dry, non perishable items within their expiration date, Olio can help with the rest.
I’ve heard that some people treat the app like Tinder and I’ve seen some security questions on the community forum but apart from a rather cute coffee date request, I haven’t been approached by anyone other than for a listing.
Please do try this if you haven’t already, I love it!
Some facts about food waste:
Between 33-50% of all food produced globally is never eaten.
In the UK the average family throws away 22% of their weekly shop.
25% of the world’s fresh water supply is used to grow food that is never eaten.
If food waste were a country it would be the 3rd largest emitter of greenhouse gases (after China & the USA).
Read more facts about food waste here.