Annuallny, about 1/3 of food produced worldwide end up in thrash. It is, exactly, 1.3 billion tons of food . We throw away about 40-50% of vegetables and fruits, 35% of fish, 30% of cereals and 20% of oilseeds, meat and dairy products that reach the market. Rich, highly developed countries have a particular problem with wasting food. Annually, their inhabitants can get rid of about 220 million tons of it – the equivalent of what all Sub-Saharan Africa produces. These are not only leftovers from our tables – it’s also about food (often still suitable for consumption) thrown away by supermarkets and even restaurants, which – due to a lack of other solutions – simply utilize what customers didn’t buy. Fortunately, consumer awareness is growing and businesses respond to demand. One of the most fashionable, pro-ecological solutions related to reducing food waste are apps that allow you to buy food from restaurants that haven’t been sold on a given day. This is how Foodsi and Too Good To Go work.
Responsible, sustainable solution that benefits us all
Such fashionable apps are more and more often installed by people who want to limit their negative impact on the environment and at the same time use the achevements of a progressive city. Solutions like Foodsi or Too Good To Go also relieve restaurants of the need to throw away good quality food.
How does it work?
A restaurant, juice bar, bakery or confectionery, whose assortment haven’t been bought on a given day, and is still 100% valuable, publishes such information via one of the applications. Users can buy the dish by their smartphones. Dishes are usually much (50, and even 70%) cheaper than suggested by the restaurant’s regular price. This allows restaurat to recoup part of the otherwise lost money. It also enables consumer to buy cheap, good quality food and – above all – it promotes the reduction of food waste, which would otherwise end up in the trash. After booking the dish, you must pay in the app and at the indicated time (usually just before closing, at the end of the day) drive to the place to pick up the order. That would be it!
What can be an additional advantage, is that dishes prepared by the premises are usually a surprise – you never know what will be available on a given day. If you would like to give a restaurant information about allergies, find out what you can expect or ask for the option of packing food in your own containers – you need to contact it yourself.
What’s the difference between Foodsi and Too Good To Go?
It’s worth noting that Foodsi and Too Good To Go operate on the same principles. Actually, they differ only in graphic design and cooperation with different gastronomic establishments. They seem to be very competitive and, although they started functioning at a similar time, they started with different experience. Foodsi is an app from Poland that has only just started to develop here – and it’s is very dynamic. You can already use it in most big cities in this country. Too Good To Go is an app originating in Denmark and operating throughout Europe (and also outside of it). It is just accelerating in Poland – for now it can only be used in Warsaw.
More importantly, none of them is clearly worse or better. Both equally intensively fight food waste and promote environmentally responsible consumer habits. Both Foodsi and Too Good To Go operate very efficiently. For now, the choice of premises and the number of dishes they offer is quite limited, but – given the interest they are enjoying at the moment – it seems like it’s only a matter of time.
 FAO, Key facts on food loss and waste you should know! http://www.fao.org/save-food/resources/keyfindings/en/ [accessed: 22.07.2019]