Here’s a deliciously novel way to fight food waste.
The world’s largest anti-food waste app, Too Good To Go, has announced its official launch in Cork.
The concept invites users to buy surplus food and drink from restaurants, grocery stores, pubs, cafes, and producers to stop it from going to waste.
Here’s how it works: Cork locals can download the free Too Good To Go app and search for nearby stores with unsold food. They simply then purchase a ‘Surprise Bag’ at a fraction of the original retail price and collect it at an allotted time.
A number of Cork businesses are already signed up, including Sonflour, Cork Coffee Roasters, Amigo’s, Izz Cafe, SOMA2, and Boru Coffee Shop, so your bag of goodies could contain anything from cinnamon buns and sandwiches to cookies and cake.
Having first launched in Dublin in October, Too Good To Go has already amassed a community of over 100,000 app users and over 500 food businesses, who together have saved almost 50,000 bags of leftover food from going to waste. In doing so, 125,000kg of C02e emissions have been saved – the equivalent of 1,161 flights from Dublin to London.
“I’m thrilled to be launching Too Good To Go in Cork.” said the app’s co-founder Jamie Crummie.
“We’ve already seen a huge appetite for fighting food waste since we arrived in Ireland in October last year and I’m excited to see how much of an impact we can have in the coming months and years.
“By doing something as simple as saving a Surprise Bag on their way home from work or on their way to meet friends, we’re all doing our part in tackling climate change while getting some delicious food at a great price at the same time – it’s a win-win.”