New App Gets You Restaurant Dishes For Under £5 Any DayFebruary, 01, 2017
If you’re on a tight budget like me and want to get cheap food from your favourite restaurants AND save the planet at the same time, then you need to know about this app I discovered…
You probably already know that worldwide there is a massive food waste problem. However you may not know that if we could recover half the food wasted across the globe, we could feed the entire planet, and save CO2 emissions equal to taking 1 in 4 cars off the road. You also may not realise the UK is no exception to this problem – studies estimate that UK restaurants throw away around 600,000 tonnes of food every year, and our government spend £19 billion a year on disposing food waste.
Shocking numbers like this always make me feel a little depressed, and if you’re like me you’ll think what on earth can we do to help tackle such a huge issue?
Well the Too Good to Go (TGTG) app seems to be a good start! Essentially this app, in its own words, help “save food, save money and save the planet by placing the lost value back into food”.
So how does it work?
Too Good to Go is a mobile app created for restaurants to advertise surplus food that would otherwise be thrown away. As a customer, you can log on and search for restaurants in your local area that have available food. Once you have chosen, you pay for your meal online and take the mobile receipt to the restaurant at the designated collection time. The best news is that everything available has been heavily discounted, meaning that you can get great quality food for less! Don’t worry, you won’t be buying someone else’s half-eaten burger or soggy chips!
What are the benefits?
As an environmental social enterprise, Too Good to Go’s primary goal is to reduce food waste and its impact on the environment. In their first six months they had foundations in six different countries and have helped to prevent around 200 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.
But Too Good to Go is not only beneficial for the environment – it’s great for students, bargain hunters or anyone else on a budget! Prices start from £2 and you can get some amazing deals on food. The last time I used Too Good to Go, I spent £3 for a meal from Peel & Stone, an artisan bakery in Birmingham where sandwiches are usually over £5. By using Too Good to Go, my £3 got me a sandwich, a cake and a box filled with a selection of their homemade, fresh salads and grains. How awesome is that?!
If you’re fussy, this might not be the app for you. As restaurants use it to sell food they have left over, you don’t always get a choice of what to have. Personally I think this is a great excuse to try new things. For example an egg mayonnaise, pesto and sun-dried tomato sandwich sounds like a pretty weird combination but it worked SO WELL – I’m officially converted.
Another possible disadvantage is that you are limited to the time of day you can collect your items; it’s usually around closing time. Also, being a fairly new app, this means it’s still being rolled out in cities around the UK, so there can be a limited choice outside of cities and towns like London, Brighton, Birmingham etc. But it’s growing quickly and the more people that join, the more it will encourage local businesses to sign up – so get buying!
How do I get involved?
Simply download the app, register and you’re good to go! Who knows, maybe you’ve been unnecessarily paying full price at your favourite restaurant this whole time.
Eat well, save money and help tackle the UK’s food waste problem – warm fuzzy feeling guaranteed. #tastedontwaste
For more food tips take a look at Calire’s blog: Nosh & Breks
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