Stop Food Waste with Too Good To Go

Somi Igbene PhD ANutrFebruary 21, 2019

Download Too Good To Go app and join their mission to stop unnecessary food waste.

Over 1o million tonnes of food (worth around £17 billion) goes in the bin every year in the UK. We all contribute to this in some form, but I didn’t realise that restaurants bin perfectly good food at the end of the day if they don’t sell them. I honestly assumed that their staff took the food home or that they donate it to shelters.

I don’t want to judge them but I think that’s ridiculous.

One of the best things about being an online content creator (I hate the term ‘influencer’) is that you get to learn about so many fantastic companies/brands. About a month ago, a PR company introduced me to Too Good To Go, a company on a mission to reduce food waste.

Too Good To Go aims to stop this from happening by working with a variety of restaurants and shops. At the end of each day, each restaurant packs the food they haven’t sold into bags, and you can buy them at a discounted rate through the Too Good To Go app.

The app is available to download on the Apple store or Google Play. Once you sign up, a list of restaurants and stores around you that participate in the scheme will appear. You simply choose the restaurant you wish to order from, pay for the food, and collect it within the allocated window.

Each bag costs only around £4, and you get a decent amount of food for that value. Great, right? But wait, there is a slight limitation to the scheme.

The limitation is that you never know what will be in your bag. This can be good if you love surprises and if you have no food allergies or specific dietary requirements. Unfortunately, if that’s not the case, you may run into trouble.

In saying that, I used the app to order food from my local Yo Sushi. When I got there, I kindly asked if they had any vegan meals available and they were happy to pack me a vegan goodie bag. I’d suggest calling the restaurant you would like to order from beforehand to make sure that they have some food that suits your dietary requirements. The food may or may not be available at the end of the day, so it’s up to you to choose if you’d like to play Russian roulette.

Overall, I think the initiative is fantastic! Too Good To Go is available in the UK and many countries throughout Europe.

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