An End To Food Wasting: New App Allows Users To Order Leftover Food from Restaurant At Very Cheap Prices.

by Adrien Martinez • 04 Sep 2016

Food wasting has become a serious problem especially in Western countries. It is estimated that about 1.3 billion metric tonnes of food is wasted around the world every year.

In the United Kingdom alone, food waste costs about £12.5 billion annually. Apart from the cost, it also causes negative impact on the environment, regarding where to dump the wasted food.

But as food is going to waste in the West, the United Nations estimates that 870 million people around the world suffer from hunger each year.

This has prompted some World Leader to openly urge change in consumer attitudes on food in the West. Our grandparents used to make a point of not throwing away leftover food. Consumerism has made us accustomed to wasting food daily and we are unable to see its real value. Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of those who are poor and hungry.

Some of these messages on the need to cut down on food waste have inspired people to find innovative ways to save food. Five individuals have teamed up to develop a simple app that allows anybody to order leftover food from restaurants at a very cheap price.

The app known as Too Good To Go, it was first developed at the end of 2015, in Denmark. After testing it successfully in Denmark, the developers expanded their scope to Norway, Switzerland and Germany for restaurant owners to try it. In all these places, the app proved very useful. Currently, the app is being tested in the United Kingdom.

Too Good To Go is Free to download. It works simply by mapping nearby restaurants and cafes that are offering up leftovers, otherwise thrown away for discounted prices. Users interested in the food will simply fill in their card details. The restaurant will then give users a timeslot to pick up their meal, often up to an hour before the restaurant closes.

The restaurant will not give users precise menu options, but users will get a rough idea of the kind of food they might be getting. Prices range from as little as £2 up to a maximum of £3.80 at all participating restaurants, with a “small” percentage of the revenue covering TGTG’s operating costs.





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