Mobile app Karma tackles food waste with discounted meals

September 12, 2018 by  
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The launch of Karma in Sweden has brought about a new way of fighting food waste . Since 2016, more than 1,500 businesses such as restaurants, bakeries, cafes and hotels as well as the three largest supermarket chains in Sweden have joined the battle to reduce the amount of perfectly edible food that is thrown away daily. The mobile app offers restaurateurs and retailers the opportunity to sell their otherwise wasted products at a fraction of the original price to hungry Swedes and now Londoners, too. What began as a social movement soon became a startup for Karma’s four founders: Elsa Bernadotte, Mattis Larsson, Ludvig Berling and Hjalmar Ståhlberg Nordegren. “We had all graduated from university, the four of us got along really well and so we decided to build something new and exciting together,” explained Ståhlberg Nordegren, the company’s CEO. “We also knew that we wanted to build a consumer facing product that would make an impact.” Related: New study finds food waste will increase to 66 tons per second if left unchecked Coming up with the clever solution to a growing food waste crisis quickly became a win-win situation for all involved. Following its February 2018 launch in London , the company projected approximately £30,000 ($39,000) gains in revenue for each of the 400 businesses that agreed to participate in the program, which is offered at no cost or subscription to the businesses. The surplus meals have been met by grateful hands of families that are struggling, both in London — rated the fifth most expensive city in Europe by Money Inc.  — as well as Sweden, where the publication reports that a meal for two can easily land you with a €262 ($305) bill. The four food  rescuers moved to tackle London, hoping to gain momentum in the capital of a country that has a massive food waste problem. It is estimated that 10 million tons of food are thrown away annually in the U.K. at a cost of £17 billion ($22 billion) to businesses and a priceless expense to the environment . Related: The ugly truth about the imperfect food movement Swedish angel investors noticed the efforts of the company and insisted to help the four founders, who were living very frugally without taking salaries in order to achieve their mission. Ståhlberg Nordegren said, “After living like this for a couple of months, our board of directors forced us to take on a salary of $2,000 per month to make sure we could really focus on the business.” Today, the team has grown to 35 individuals dead-set on resolving the food waste problem in their homelands while slowly branching out into new markets. The company is on track to achieve projected 2018 revenues of €3 million ($3.5 million). What’s in the future for Karma? “We need to scale the business to be able to have the magnitude of impact that we’re aiming for,” Ståhlberg Nordegren said. “Being able to make a profit from solving a problem while creating value for both restaurants and consumers makes this a fantastic opportunity to build a business where you don’t have to choose between cause or profits. All in all we are on a mission to rescue even more food!” + Karma Via Forbes Images via Karma

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New app lets you order cheap meals that would otherwise be thrown out

August 16, 2016 by  
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A new app recently released in the UK allows users to order leftover food from nearby restaurants at a huge discount. But the Too Good To Go app is about more than just scoring a cheap meal – the goal of the app’s makers is to help curb food waste and keep leftovers out of landfills. The app even provides participating restaurants with recyclable takeout containers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6EvCXaTOQo So often, restaurant kitchens end up with uneaten food that has to be thrown out at the end of the day. But now users can simply log in, select the restaurant of their choice, and pay through the app. The establishment will offer pickup at designated times, usually around closing or after peak meal times. In an interview with Business Green , cofounder James Crummie explained, “Food waste just seems like one of the dumbest problems we have in this world. The restaurant industry is wasting about 600,000 tons of food each year, and in the UK alone there are one million people on emergency food parcels from food banks. Why do we have these two massive social issues that are completely connected, yet there is not much going on to address them?” Related: New law in Italy would force supermarkets to donate unsold food to those in need Though Too Good To Go is currently only available in the UK , the developers do intend to expand it soon to other countries. So far, it’s available in Brighton, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, and London will join the lineup later this month. Orders cost between 2 and 3.8 British pounds, but users won’t be able to pick the exact menu item they want. Instead, they’ll simply see a menu giving them an idea of the types of food that will be available. Users also have the option to give meals to people in need by donating through the app. So far, more than 1,100 meals have been donated, and another 600 saved from landfills. + Too Good To Go Via The Huffington Post

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Our Greener Future turns food waste and cardboard into classy home decor

March 24, 2016 by  
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Let’s face it, moving into a custom built eco-home can be very expensive. Most people struggle to afford proper insulation for their homes, never mind trying to live 100% eco-friendly lives. However, UK-based eco-artist, Monika Margrett, decided to prove that it is possible for anyone to turn their home into an eco-heaven using basic tools and on an extremely tight budget. In her latest project, “Eco Living” (created for her environmental charity, Our Greener Future ), Monika transformed an empty attic into a living space filled with eye-catching, hand-crafted eco-furniture and accessories. With the use of only simple tools and on a staggeringly low budget of just £250, Monika’s creativity was put to test to make this project a reality. Read the rest of Our Greener Future turns food waste and cardboard into classy home decor

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Seattle man wants the whole community to enjoy his recycled backyard playground

March 24, 2016 by  
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14-Year-Old Tech Geek Creates Fun ‘Jazzy Recycling’ Mobile App

October 15, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock To Zea Tongeman, being a tech-geek doesn’t mean hiding in a room typing code into a computer for hours on end. Instead, this ambitious teenager is the designer of a social media app called “ Jazzy Recycling ” that turns waste disposal into a game. The program set to launch in 2014 will help users find places to recycle, scan the items, and receive rewards, and all of this activity will be shared via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Read the rest of 14-Year-Old Tech Geek Creates Fun ‘Jazzy Recycling’ Mobile App Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: angel investor , apps for good , elephant and castle , England , Facebook , francesca rosella , instagram , jazzy recycing , jordan stirbu , little miss geek , mobile app , raj dhonota , social media , st. saviours and st olaves , tech geek , The Guardian , the it crowd , tiwtter , zea tongeman        

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SPONSORED: Rest Easy Knowing Your Vehicle’s Always Connected with OnStar

September 27, 2013 by  
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We’re pretty lucky to now live in a time where vehicles are smart…really smart. For instance, how amazing is it that a car can call for help in seconds after a crash? With OnStar , a powerful built-in technology available in most GM vehicles, you’re always connected to a real person 24/7 so help is always close at hand. Additional technologies from OnStar include hands-free calling, vehicle diagnostics, theft tracking, and now their new OnStar RemoteLink Mobile App which connects drivers to their cars via smartphone. Read the rest of SPONSORED: Rest Easy Knowing Your Vehicle’s Always Connected with OnStar Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: GM , hands-free calling , mobile app , OnStar , OnStar app , OnStar RemoteLink Mobile App , roadside assistance , smart cars , smartphone app , theft tracking , vehicle diagnostics        

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7 steps to a mobile-friendly sustainability report

July 24, 2012 by  
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Publishing a corporate responsibility report the size of a phone book is no longer kosher. Here's how to turn that tree-killer into a more eco-friendly mobile app.

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Recyclebank’s iPhone app aims to ease London traffic congestion

May 9, 2012 by  
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Recyclebank's new citywide mobile app, designed by Nike's digital advertising agency, rewards London cyclers and walkers with discounts at local merchants, including Marks & Spencer.

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