Globally, a staggering one-third of all food produced goes to waste. This translates to 1.6 billion tons ending up in landfills annually. In a world where more than 800 million people are malnourished, this mind-boggling amount of lost food highlights the urgency of solving the pressing global challenge of such mismanagement.
Thanks to smartphone technology, there are some ways in which people can take a bite out of it. You might be familiar with the phone app Too Good To Go, primarily available in Europe and reportedly being responsible for diverting 18 million meals from landfill since its founding in 2015. Now, another new (and free!) app called YourLocal has made its way across the ocean to New York.
YourLocal is based on the same idea of connecting businesses and people to divert perfectly good food from the trash and feed hungry bellies with up to a 70 percent discount. On top of that, it has the added benefit of attracting new customers to a business they may not have known otherwise. It’s a brilliant idea that benefits everyone involved, from business owner to client to the environment. Hopefully, YourLocal will spread throughout North America, as it’s desperately needed in every town and city.