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Boston restaurants rally to fight food waste

Too Good To Go, the world’s #1 app for fighting food waste, has launched in Boston.

Written by
Eric Grossman

While the City of Boston is making efforts to curb food waste, including setting a zero waste goal and a ban on commercial food waste, there’s always more that can be done.

To help both households and restaurants take action in the fight against food waste, Too Good To Go, the world’s #1 app for fighting food waste, is bringing its model to the U.S., selecting Boston as one of its first two launch cities. Via an easy-to-use mobile app, Too Good To Go connects restaurants, bakeries, cafes and markets to neighborhood residents, enabling them to save meals by picking up surplus food that would otherwise be tossed.

Too Good To Go, a certified B Corp, is one of the next-gen companies leading the food waste revolution to create a greener planet. Each meal rescued equates to the CO2e emission of charging one smartphone fully 422 times. Founded in 2016, Too Good To Go has saved nearly 50 million meals across 15 countries, which adds up to 200 million pounds of food. Already available in 15 international markets—including Paris, London and Amsterdam—with more than 25 million downloads, its users have saved 43 million meals.

Beyond the app, Too Good To Go has launched initiatives to change date labeling on food, produced free educational resources for schools and inspired households to change food waste behaviors.

The service has begun here in The Hub with an initial 70 partners including Boston Public Market’s Levend Bagelry and Red Apple Farm, Inman Square's All-Star Pizza, Iggy’s Bread, and specialty grocers like The Butcherie in Brookline and Pemberton Farms in Cambridge.

This has been a challenging year like no other for Boston restaurants, but the commitment to helping solve a global problem is heartening. While climate issues often feel overwhelming, this is a win for restaurants, consumers and the environment that can make an impact right away.

Stay tuned to Time Out Boston for all the latest news on the Hub.

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