Frustrated at food waste? Food-sharing app Olio launches in Ireland

The app allows you to find a new home for unwanted or unneeded food

Word of mouth has led to more than 36,000 sign ups for the app before it was even officially supported here. Photograph: iStock

Word of mouth has led to more than 36,000 sign ups for the app before it was even officially supported here. Photograph: iStock

 

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About a million tonnes of food is wasted in Ireland each year, a problem that is not only hitting us in the pocket but also contributing to our greenhouse gases. But there may be an app for that.

Food-sharing app Olio has officially launched in Ireland, giving you a way to find a new home for unwanted or unneeded food. If you have an item you want to pass on, whether it is food or other household goods, you upload a photo and description to the app, add details about where and when to collect it, and wait for it to be snapped up.

Olio recently added a “borrow” section that allows people to lend their household items to others, and a “made” section that allows local makers to sell their handmade items. Word of mouth has led to more than 36,000 sign-ups for the app before it was even officially supported here, but Olio is now trying actively to grow its user base in Ireland. The app is available to download free of charge for Android and iOS, and there is desktop access too.

olioex.com

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