AUSTIN (KXAN) – Greater than 1,000,000 kilos of meals is thrown away in Austin every single day, in accordance with a 2018 metropolis of Austin report.
However a brand new app that launched within the metropolis on Wednesday is making an attempt to alter that, connecting locals with leftover contemporary meals that might in any other case be thrown away.
By Too Good To Go, folks should purchase a shock bag of meals from collaborating companies at a 3rd of their ordinary price.
The meals waste app already has 60 native eating places, bakeries and cafes registered, with many providing low-cost meals, normally between $ four and $ 6, on their first day in Austin.
“We throw away a 3rd of the meals we produce on the planet, and it is loopy to consider it,” mentioned Lucie Brasch, co-founder of Too Good To Go. “The nice alternative that exists is that we will all be a part of the answer.”
Meals waste is a world drawback, accounting for eight% of complete greenhouse gasoline emissions, and the biggest waste drawback has been recognized as an space for enchancment in Austin.
Town is on the way in which to changing into zero waste. In 2011, the Austin Metropolis Council dedicated to decreasing the quantity of waste despatched to landfills by 90% by 2040.
“It is actually about constructing that international motion to fight meals waste that now everybody who lives in Austin may be part of,” added Brasch.
La Condesa, a Mexican restaurant in downtown Austin, is certainly one of 60 corporations registered as of launch day.
Common Supervisor Jennifer Le mentioned it was “a no brainer” to affix Too Good To Go because the restaurant already focuses on sustainability by means of the usage of compostable takeout merchandise and meat from Texas farms.
He added that La Condesa hosts occasions the place they serve a buffet midweek and plan to pack the leftover meals within the shock bins by Friday lunchtime, incomes extra cash and serving to the atmosphere moderately than simply throwing away the meals.
“What we do is package deal the meals and permit visitors from throughout Austin to purchase it at a reduced value and revel in a bit piece of La Condesa,” he mentioned. “Seeing that Austin is bringing him right here, it is wonderful.”
The app was launched in Europe earlier than arriving within the US Austin is the 10th American metropolis the place Too Good To Go is offered.
It additionally goals to assist deal with meals insecurity within the native space by means of its partnership with the Central Texas Meals Financial institution.
How does it work
Customers can log into the app and see which corporations provide shock bins on the discounted fee.
For companies, it is about dividing the leftover meals into the pop baggage and itemizing them on the app.
They select each the contents of the field (the applying reveals the worth of the field) and the pick-up time.
“We hyperlink shops which will have end-of-day leftovers with shoppers who will pay a small value within the app and are available choose up all that nice meals that might have been thrown away 10 minutes later,” Brasch mentioned.