According to the founders of Leftoverswap, 40% of the food we produce goes to waste. And most of the people hate the idea of throwing food away. The Leftoverswap app aims to solve this problem by enabling you to pass your leftovers on to a hungrier neighbour. This has to be one of the most unconventional apps around.
Dig in or share a bite
In order to give out your leftover food, all you have to do is take a picture of the food you can’t eat, name it and share it in the Leftoverswap app. Hungry for a bite? Leftoverswap enables you to view the leftovers of others plotted in a map around your location. You can then make a selection of the partially-eaten food of your desire, and arrange for pick-up or delivery.
Can I have your leftovers?
Bryan Summersett and Dan Newman, the cofounders of Leftover Swap, came up with the original idea of Leftoverswap in 2010 while studying at the University of Michigan. In an interview with NPR, Newman said that ‘it was an outrageous joke in 2010, but in 2013, it’s very plausible and something that people would use today.’ The app can be downloaded for free, since the founders do not aim to make millions. Rather they are more concerned about coming up with a solution to reduce environmental impact of wasted food.
Leftoverswap will be soon released for iPhone users, with an Android version coming after.