For the previous a number of weeks, my fiancée and I’ve made it a behavior to look at an app throughout our canine walks. No, not Pokémon Go, however an app referred to as Too Good To Go. Through the app, you’ll be able to hunt for close by eating places, bakeries, or grocery shops that will have items that may in any other case find yourself as meals waste by the top of the day (i.e., within the landfill).
These luggage sometimes value round $3 to $5, they usually’re referred to as Surprise Bags since you’re by no means positive precisely what you may get. You can guess—a bakery will in all probability depart you with a few pastries—however that ingredient of shock is what makes it so thrilling and enjoyable. Sometimes you strike gold with an incredible worth—like $3 for 10 bagels, a lot of that are nonetheless in my freezer ready to be toasted up for breakfast.
We’ve gotten luggage stuffed with pastries for a fraction of what we might normally pay; full-size chocolate bars and different snacks for at any time when the starvation pangs kick in, a falafel platter, burritos, and a couple of slices of pizza. Not each Surprise Bag is a winner—sooner or later we had been left with plain ol’ seasoned rice and on one other a teeny-tiny piece of grilled rooster dwarfed between plain hamburger buns. From a native Thai grocery retailer, we have obtained three jars of turmeric powder over a few Surprise Bags (my mother could be thrilled).
But it is onerous to complain. Rarely do I ever rave about a product to family and friends, but I’ve been mentioning Too Good To Go to virtually anybody who’ll pay attention (I heard about it by way of phrase of mouth from a pal). It simply feels—pardon the pun—too good to be true.
Combating Food Waste
If one thing sounds too good to be true, it usually is. But on this case, I did not want to put together for the worst. Mike von Massow, a professor on the University of Guelph researching meals waste, says Too Good To Go is a “really cool idea.”
Food waste is a rising drawback. A 2021 report from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) notes that roughly “2.5 billion tons of food goes uneaten around the world each year,” or round 40 p.c of all meals grown. As meals waste is commonly not separated from different waste streams, it is tough to measure, however a lot of it leads to a landfill producing methane emissions that contribute to local weather change. Worse but, round 70 p.c of biodiversity loss is attributed to agriculture. Commercial meals manufacturing shouldn’t be environment friendly.
The quantity of meals a person restaurant tosses out is normally small, however if you consider all eating places within the US, it adds up. Massow notes that the Too Good To Go app additionally saves eating places money and time, since they do not want to listing precisely what prospects will get. It’s a shock! There’s no want to fear about distributing the meals, since folks choose it up themselves. And if a restaurant places out tons of Surprise Bags, it might even lead them to query why they’re producing a lot surplus.