Sustainability: “Too good to go” app: save money and save food

Millions of people in Germany are already using the “Too good to go” app. How to use it to save food and what else you can do.

Every year, a third of the world’s production ends up Food in the trash. In Germany, this corresponds to a quantity of 18 million tons. This means that not only food is thrown away, but also money that was paid during production, purchase or sale. With the app “Too good to go” consumers can do something to counter waste – and save money at the same time.

The principle: Users can use the app to shop at businesses such as restaurants, cafés, bakeries or supermarkets at a reduced price save foodthat would otherwise end up in the trash. An idea that has found many supporters worldwide. In Germany alone, more than seven million people use the apartment – there are around 59 million worldwide. It is also very successful in other countries such as Austria, the USA and in the founding country Denmark.

“Too good to go”: Consumers can save over 300 euros a year

The app shows the location on the smartphone businesses who offer so-called surprise bags at “Too good to go”. So the buyer does not know exactly what he will get when he picks it up. The companies specify a time window in which the users can pick up the bag in the shop. On site, only the proof of purchase has to be shown and the bag will be handed over. the pay This takes place in the app and can be made via Paypal, Apple Pay and Google Pay, Klarna, bank transfer or credit card.

Financially a worthwhile thing, because the surprise bags are offered at a third of the original price, says Johanna Paschek, who works in the press department of “Too good to go”. If a consumer saves a surprise bag every week that costs 3 instead of 9 euros, he saves around 300 euros a year: “In view of the increased food prices, this is certainly a welcome side effect.”

Discounted groceries: bakeries and supermarkets are particularly popular

A win-win situation arises. Users get the groceries at a reduced price and the store doesn’t have to throw away. “The surprise bags from supermarkets and bakeries are particularly popular,” says Paschek. These are often sold out after a short time.

The app also has a decisive advantage for the environment. With the purchase of a surprise bag, users not only save money, but also climate-damaging CO2. According to Paschek, this is an average of 2.5 kilograms per surprise bag. With one bag per week and person “you save the environment from around 130 kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions per year”.

Climate: What do apps like “Too good to go” do for the environment?

According to EU estimates, food waste causes eight to ten percent of greenhouse gas emissions, according to a report by the Federal Environment Agency. the food waste is therefore one of the main drivers of global climate change, explains the “Too good to go” employee. “This not only presents us with social and economic challenges, but also with ecological ones.”

Since 2016, food can now be saved in over 900 German cities via the app. Supermarkets such as Edeka or Denn’s Biomarkt and bakery chains offer leftover food but local restaurants, cafés and bakeries are also represented on the platform. “We are currently cooperating with around 15,000 partner companies,” says Paschek. More than 16 million servings have been saved since 2016.

The businesses involved also benefit from participation. You still earn a bit of money with the goods that would otherwise end up in the bin, and save on costs garbage disposal a. Part of the income goes to “Too good to go” as a commission.

Save money in the supermarket: targeted shopping helps

Johanna Paschek also gives tips on how consumers can consciously deal with food in addition to “Too good to go”. The appreciation of food is particularly important in order to counteract further waste. She advises always with one shopping list to go shopping. On the one hand, this protects against only buying products that have been processed, but it is also good for the wallet. Proper storage prevents food from going moldy quickly.

The internet platform is a free alternative to the “Too good to go” app “Food sharing” ( There, private individuals can save too much produced food from being thrown away, but they can also share it with other people themselves. If a user has food at home that he no longer uses, he can enter it on the platform and make it available for someone else. To ensure smooth pickup, there are publicly accessible shelves and refrigerators where groceries can be placed and picked up.

The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture has the free app “Too good for the bin” or “Beste-Reste-App” developed. There, consumers will find almost 750 recipes from star and amateur chefs for dishes made from just a few ingredients and food leftovers to cook. Users can also list ingredients they still have at home and such in the recipe database find the right recipe.

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