According to the UN’s Food & Agriculture organization, one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption – approximately 1.3 billion tons – gets lost or wasted each year. Electrolux has teamed up with local NGOs in Poland to develop an app for individuals and organizations to share food that might otherwise have ended up in the bin.
Electrolux worked together with local NGOs in Poland to develop the Taste & Share app which enables individuals and organizations to share food which might otherwise be wasted. Nonprofits especially will benefit from this app.
“Some nine million tons of food are being wasted in our country alone. With this app, we want to change habits,” says Dominika Kosman, Head of Corporate Communications, Electrolux Central Eastern Europe. “Little steps can lead to big changes in our daily lives.”
The app, which is currently only available in Polish, is not like any other app currently available in the country. “Its reach is powerful due to the fact that we have partners in different cities throughout Poland,” says Kosman.
How the app works
The Taste & Share app can be downloaded on the App Store (for iPhone) or on Google Play (Android phones).
It works like this: once you have downloaded the app, you need to register. Then you fill out a form explaining the type of product you are offering (preserves, sauces, fruit, vegetables etc), expiry date and a photo. The only rule is that the food has to be fresh and in date. If, on the other hand, you want to find food, the geo-location shows you current food offers on the map.
Kicked off earlier this year, Taste & Share (a Feed the Planet project funded by the Electrolux Food Foundation) is showing how consumers can waste less food. With 1.3 billion tons of food being wasted globally every year (source), a lot can be done in this area.
About the Electrolux Food Foundation
The Electrolux Food Foundation was established in 2016, as part of a decision to focus Electrolux’s social investments and community activities on food and related sustainability issues. The Food Foundation brings employee initiatives to life by supporting them with funding and resources. The purpose is to inspire sustainable food consumption and cooking habits among consumers and professionals, and to support people in need through education and emergency relief efforts. The Foundation supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, for Zero Hunger (#2) and Responsible Consumption and Production (#12).
Projects funded by the Electrolux Food Foundation: