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This app fights food waste by connecting diners with surplus eats

This app fights food waste by connecting diners with surplus eats

Have you ever thought about how much food people waste every year? Not just the scraps you may leave on your plate, but perfectly good food that restaurants, retail stores and bakeries throw out that otherwise could have been eaten. Each year, around the world, 3.5 trillion pounds of food get wasted. That’s equal to 7.2 trillion pounds of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere annually. And we wonder why hurricanes, drought and wildfires have gotten worse? Now, imagine being able to do your part to help the climate by simply ordering dinner or a snack through an app. Sounds pretty easy, right? That’s the idea behind the global food-waste innovator Too Good To Go (TGTG), an app that connects users with businesses that have surplus food. ‘Thinking we throw away close to 40 percent of food is disgusting,’ says TGTG co-founder Lucie Basch. ‘I was shocked by that, but more shocked people aren’t talking about it. I wanted to create a solution anybody could use every day. It’s simple.’ The app launched in Denmark in 2016 and today has 44 million users across nearly 20 countries in Europe and North America. It has saved more than 91 million meals, which is equal to about 364 million pounds of food saved since TGTG launched. So, how does it work? Most restaurants and shops that sell food have unsold perishable goods at the end of each day and likely have three options to deal with its disposal: compost it, which can be expensive; donate it, but getting an able charity partner t