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The best apps for preventing food waste

As they say, there’s an app for everything these days. So, what about apps that can help consumers make conscious decisions in relation to the food they purchase and where it comes from?

A survey by WRAP’s ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ initiative revealed that 81% of UK citizens were concerned about climate change, yet only 32% of participants saw a link between climate change and food waste.

From encouraging local shopping to rescuing restaurant food that would otherwise end up in the bin, here is a roundup of the must-have apps that promote a zero-food waste lifestyle.

 

Apps that redistribute food that has passed its expiry date

Probably the most well-known of the food waste prevention apps, Too Good To Go is a platform where restaurants, cafes, hotels and even supermarkets can list leftover food items that would otherwise be thrown away. Customers can buy what they call a ‘magic bag’ and receive a random bag full of tasty goodies, all for a reduced cost. Big named brands such as Greggs, Starbucks and Co-op all use the app to advertise their surplus food to reduce their overall food waste.

Food sharing app OLIO connects users with their neighbours and local businesses to encourage them to share any food that would otherwise go to waste. According to UK charity Hubbub, 81% of us would be happy to share and receive food with a neighbour. Although it may seem like a small gesture, these actions all contribute to minimising food waste.

Food Cloud is a social enterprise app that aims to redirect food from the bin to local charities and community groups. This not only provides food for people in need, for example at homeless centres, breakfast clubs or family support groups, but cuts the cost for these charities, who can instead focus their funding on their core missions.

Food Planning Apps

Apps such as No Waste and Nosh allow users to input and track the expiry dates of food they buy as well as plan meals and create shopping lists. This allows users to avoid unnecessary purchases, save money, and most importantly, reduce food waste.

Apps that check food brands’ ethical credentials

Food waste is not just down to the consumer. How businesses source and manufacture their products, as well as how effective they are at managing their own food waste throughout the supply chain is also of great importance. The Marine Conservation Society’s Good Fish Guide app shows which fish are in season and how to identify responsibly sourced seafood, as well as offering consumers insight on the different methods used to catch specific fish. With palm oil being one of the most controversial ingredients in the industry now, Palm Oil Scan allows you to scan products and determine whether the palm oil used in the product is sustainable and ethically sourced.

How Good is an app that allows you to make better and more well-informed choices when doing your weekly shop. Their algorithm rates products on 60 indicators of sustainability and ranks products according to their sustainability level.

Apps that educate children on the impact of food waste.

Getting a child to eat all the food on their plate can sometimes be a challenge, so teaching them about the importance of not throwing away their food is an easy way to cut down on waste. Gro have two apps that encourage responsible thinking in children, called Gro Garden and Grow Recycling. With characters such as Connie the Compost and her friends the Micro organisms, kids can learn about organic gardening and what products can be recycled, making food waste fun.