By now, it's pretty common knowledge that the world, in general, has a problem: a food wasting problem. However, a food app that launched in several U.K. cities this year seeks to address that problem, by providing local users a list of restaurants that are selling food they would otherwise have tossed -- for much, much cheaper.
According to the Telegraph, the app, called Too Good To Go, is for iOS and Android, and allows users to pay with a credit card to go and collect food from certain restaurants within a specific time allotment (e.g., as a restaurant is closing, or after a lunch or dinner rush).
The food in question is, of course, nutritious and edible, and safe to eat -- however, without the app, it otherwise would have been tossed out, contributing to what the Telegraph reports as an estimated 15 million metric tons of produce wasted in the U.K. every year.
“Food waste just seems like one of the dumbest problems we have in this world,” TGTG co-founder James Crummie told Next Web. While helping bolster restaurant business sales is an obvious benefit of the app, the focus is more on cutting down on food waste.
“The restaurant industry is wasting about 600,000 [metric tons] of food each year, and in the U.K. alone there are one million people on emergency food parcels from food banks,” Crummie continued. “Why do we have these two massive social issues that are completely connected, yet there is not much going on to address them?"
For now, the TGTG app, which was created by a group of friends in Denmark, has been launched in the U.K. and embraced in Brighton, Leeds, London and Manchester.
While Too Good To Go does take a small fee from its participating restaurants, the Telegraph reports that it reinvests its income into expanding the project.