Do You Hate Waste? Never Fear, OLIO is Here!

Since we started Incredible Edible Hooky 2 years ago, I have heard quite a few people say, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if we had some way of being able to share surplus food from my garden or allotment?’ And from the other side of the fence, wouldn’t it be great to get your hands on some free food?

If you grow your own, you will be all too familiar with the glut of cucumbers, beans and other fruit and veg that engulf any green fingered gardener at certain times of year. With one of our core aims to reduce our carbon footprint as a village, reducing food waste is close to our hearts. We are always keen to look for new ways in which we can inch toward that big goal.

Here are some sobering facts:

·         Over 1/3 of all food produced globally goes to waste.

·         In most developed countries, over half of all food waste takes place in the home.

·         In the home food waste is worth £700 per year to the average UK family

Recently, we came across OLIO, a great service that aims to reduce food waste by providing a way for a community to share any unwanted or excess produce. It’s a bit like Freecycle for food. Once you have joined up you can list food products you have bought, but for whatever reason, no longer want, or any excess you might have grown in your own garden. At the same time, you can also browse items that have been posted that you might like to take off someone’s hands.

When I signed up just recently, there were only 5 pioneering OLIOers (as they are called) in the village. I made it number 6! It is clear to us that the more people in the village sign up, the more vibrant and useful to the community OLIO becomes.

The impact of OLIO so far?

260,534 OLIOers have joined the #FoodSharingRevolution.

172,608 meals have been saved from going to waste

Reducing waste and free food? What’s not to love? Go on, sign up and let’s build something amazing!

Now some practical bits: OLIO can be used via an app on your iphone or, via the desktop, on:

If you are interested in helping us spread the word or in helping out in any of our projects, just drop us a line on or call 01608 737 642.

Sarah Morris