Too Good To Go launches at Queen Mary University London

Queen Mary University London is the first in the capital to join Too Good To Go’s war on food waste. QMUL students can now collect great food from outlets at a reduced price just before closing time in order to save it from being thrown away, helping their pockets as well as helping the planet!

We caught up with Mo, manager of QMUL’s Village Shop site, to find out why sustainability is so important to the University and why they’ve joined forces with Too Good To Go.

Can you start by telling us a little bit about the food outlets you have on QMUL Campus?

We have four café and retail sites on Mile End campus, all within close proximity to one another.

What does good food mean to you?

Good food to me means food that tastes delicious, of course at a reasonable price!

Why did you choose to join Too Good To Go in the fight against food waste? What excites you most about the Too Good To Go project?

The start of term I had the role in trying to tackle and reduce food waste in our cafes and shops. Naturally there will be wastage of some sort, due to the risk of holding more stock to increase sales. So finding that stock level balance of ordering just enough sandwiches, salads, baguettes and wraps to last the day without running out or having too much was a difficult task. No one likes to waste food, especially when there are people in London finding it difficult to put food on their table. The Too Good To Go app gives people that option of buying a meal that is affordable, with the food being perfectly edible. Having this app in a University setting particularly excites me from a student perspective. Being a former student, balancing finances during studies was challenging, and TGTG app offers students to buy an inexpensive  dinner or lunch in line with their weekly budget.

How important is it to you that QMUL is one to the first Universities to start working with Too Good To Go? Are you hoping other educational establishments follow suit?

For us as a Students Union our aim is to improve students’ lives, and I hope QMUL will be at the forefront and be used as an example for other educational establishments to follow suit and help students as well as staff tackle the problem of food waste.

How else do you manage your wastage on a day-to-day basis?

We were fortunate enough to work with Hackney night shelter, who provided breakfast, lunch and dinner meals to the homeless.

When people think about ‘waste’, they often think scraps off people’s plates – stuff that’s no good to be eaten. How do you think we can overcome this perception?

I think we can communicate and promote pictures of the good food that’s on offer, and try get some support from existing customers on their experience in using the app or similar initiatives to overcome this perception. Moreover, we would encourage everyone to come and give Too Good To Go as soon as they can and come and see for themselves!

Finally, what can TGTG customers expect when they order from one of the QMUL sites?

Good food! The suppliers we use are carefully sourced to make sure we are providing the best possible products to our customers. We have been trading with some suppliers for over 10 years, and they continuously improve their extensive menu to cater for customers tastes. We  do a large range of halal, vegetarian and gluten free products.

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Too Good To Go launches at Northumbria University

If you’re a student returning to Northumbria University this week you have a LOT to be excited about.

And we’re not talking about re-freshers (is that still a thing?). Too Good To Go, the new mobile app which allows users to order freshly-made food that would otherwise go to waste – and save a whole ton of money in the process – has launched in three exclusive sites on campus.

CCE, Shop Central and Cafe Central are the first spots to get involved.

You can now place orders to collect freshly-prepared food from these three sites that would otherwise be binned, paying next to nothing in the process.

How it works is simple. Once you’ve downloaded the Too Good To Go app, find what takes your fancy and place an order – paying by PayPal or with your card. Each store has a specific collection time (usually an hour or so before they close), which is when you need to collect your food.  It’s the perfectly good stuff that would remain unsold and be thrown away – if you didn’t go to rescue it! And of course, it’s all up for grabs at massively discounted prices.

What sort of grub can you expect? Its surplus food we’re dealing with so the availability can vary – but that makes things very exciting for the food lover. Who doesn’t like a surprise!?

At CCE, you’ll have your pick of a selection of traditional hot British dishes, international dishes, cakes, sarnies and a rotating gluten-free option. Cafe Central has sandwiches, cakes, pastries and other baked goods, whilst Shop Central is where you can strike gold. Planning a movie night? They could have a Too Good To Go Movie Pack for you (think popcorn, chocolates, sweets, crisps and lots of other treats) or a Magic Bag of unloved goodies that would have otherwise been destined for landfill.

And the best part? One order costs just £1.50.

You can place an order on the day, for that day. CCE’s collection time starts at 2pm and runs until 3pm, whilst Cafe Central is available to Too Good To Go customers from 5-5:30pm and Shop Central 7:30-8:30pm.

Too Good To Go was founded upon a love of food and a hatred of waste. Our mission is to place the lost value back onto food as something that should be eaten, and not thrown away. We want to make a dent in the 600,000 tonnes of perfectly edible food that’s chucked out by the catering and hospitality industry each year (that’s the equivalent of 84 Eiffel Towers) whilst also changing perceptions on what’s considered to be ‘waste’. We’ve already diverted 14,000 meals in three UK cities – and that’s only the beginning. There’s lots more to be done.

So, what are you waiting for? Get the app downloaded, get the food ordered and start feeding your belly – instead of the bin!

Oh, and also – we’re hiring. We need awesome people to help us grow our social enterprise around Newcastle so we can save even more food. Up for the challenge? Check out www.toogoodtogo.co.uk/careers.

Want to see other restaurants, cafes, bakeries and shops in Newcastle join our food waste revolution? Tell us about them here!

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5 things we learned from our trip to the UK’s first food waste supermarket

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The UK’s first food waste supermarket opened last month in Pudsey, Leeds.

In the same vain as their organic network of pay-as-you-feel cafes, The Real Junk Food Project’s ‘anti-supermarket’ intercepts supermarket stock that would have otherwise been thrown away – and invites the public to come into the warehouse, take their pick from what’s on offer and pay what they feel the items are worth.

Pretty neat, huh?

Founder Adam Smith explains that the variety of stock is dependent on what has been obtained from supermarkets, retailers or suppliers, meaning the range of goods available could change from day to day.

As an advocate of sustainable solutions, The Real Junk Food Project stresses that their produce is not for sale. They only ask that “you pay what you feel in time, money and skills”.

We took a peep around the supermarket and were truly amazed by the sheer volume of quality food items available – even as no strangers to food waste ourselves. Shelves were lined with baguettes, sliced bread, mayo, peanut butter, cereal, beans, pasta, and even fruits and vegetables. There was enough to feed families, friends and loved ones for days.

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Here are five things we learned from our visit to the TRJFP’s anti-supermarket.

1. The food waste supermarket is for everyone!

Anyone can join the war on waste. Irrespective of income and job status, the community-based anti-supermarket opens its doors to absolutely everyone.

2. The food is fit for human consumption

While some of the products may have past their sell by date, it’s all perfectly good food that should be feeding bellies and not bins. Each item is vetted by a TRJFP volunteer before being placed on the shelves ready for you to take home.

3. There’s lots more in store besides food

Fancy some new pans, crockery, books or clothes? The anti-supermarket is also stocked with handy household items that are too good to go. We just couldn’t resist this lovely bunch of fresh flowers!

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4. It’s not too late to start fighting food waste

Just think of all the good food that would have been sent to landfill if organisations like The Real Junk Food Project, Too Good To Go and many others did not exist. Food waste is a global issue, but we can put an end to it by collaborating to change the even the littlest of things. If you’re in Leeds, you can make a huge difference simply by doing your weekly shop at this supermarket!

5. Why not get involved?

The Real Junk Food Project is run by volunteers – and they will always appreciate a helping hand. If you’ve got a couple of hours free then head down, have a chat and get behind one of the most important and worthy causes of our time.

Kudos to Adam Smith and the team behind TRJFP. It’s a real eye-opener, and we can’t wait to see more anti-supermarkets pop up around the country.


Making A Meal Of It

Each week the average UK household bins approximately 6.5 kg of unwanted food. That equates to a third of a ton of wasted food that’s being sent to landfills each year across the country from every single UK home. Yikes!

Hard to visualise? Think the same weight as a grand piano, or twice as heavy as a panda.

Basically, it’s quite a lot. But what’s causing this trend? Generally speaking, we’re overestimating exactly how much food we need and underestimating how long we can keep it for.

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Studies show that leftovers from Sunday roast dinners and Chinese takeaways are the main culprits of our household food wastage. Equally, salad, potatoes, carrots and other one-off ingredients purchased to use for special recipes are regularly binned on a weekly basis.

Not only does this wastage contribute to the release of harmful greenhouse gases and CO2 emissions into our atmosphere, but it is also makes it difficult for us to save money.

But it’s not all doom-and gloom. Making small changes to the way you buy your food can help make huge a difference to the wider impact of food waste – as well as your pocket. And as they say, there’s no time like the present!

Why not check out our four easy steps to maximise your leftovers and reduce your household food waste.

Step 1 – Identify the Problem

The first step to solving any problem is realising that there’s on there in the first place! Take a moment to look around your fridges, cupboards and fruit bowls to see what you’ve got left from your weekly shop. Here at the TGTG headquarters, we came across half an avocado, an egg, a couple of slices bread, tomatoes and peppers that needed to be eaten. So we carried out a little experiment…

Step 2 – Get Creative

We decided to explore the boundaries of our creativity. Coordinating and combining these ingredients involved an element of careful thought and planning. Remember that when you’re faced with the challenge of creating a meal out of leftovers, it is best to decide whether you can incorporate it into a breakfast, lunch or dinner menu. Which leads us onto step 3!

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Step 3 – Make a meal out of it

Breakfast/brunch was the order of the day. The egg was fried sunny side up, and our veggie accompaniments were sliced and dressed with freshly ground black pepper. You don’t need to follow a traditional recipe. Trust your inner Gordon Ramsay and make a meal out of your leftovers!

Step 4 – Grab a fork and dig in!

All there was left to do was dig in! Of course you may have a mix of other ingredients that need using up in your home. The same principle applies – look at what you have, decide when you want to eat it, get creative with your ingredients and make a meal out of it.

Feeling inspired? Make a meal using your leftovers and tag #tgtg on social media!


Too Good To Go lands in London

The Too Good To Go app is now live in London – and we’re over the moon about it.

We’ve partnered with 95 restaurants in the heart of the capital to help reduce food waste and rescue surplus restaurant food that would otherwise be destined for the landfill. Around 40 of these are now available to order from, and the rest will be live in the coming days – so be sure to keep checking back if there’s nothing near you just yet!

Over the past few weeks, the TGTG team have been working tirelessly to turn London into a greener city. A wide variety of restaurants, delis and cafes such as My Lunch Box (Aldgate), Jimmy’s Restaurants (O2 Arena) and Red Dragon (Mile End Road) – as well as many more London restaurants – have joined us in our fight to eliminate the 600,000 tonnes of edible food waste that gets binned each year.

The app now offers Londoners the means to treat themselves to Thai, Chinese, Moroccan, Caribbean or Italian cuisine for lunch, dinner and dessert, from prices as low as £2.

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And guess what? It’s not just restaurants who have joined the TGTG revolution. Bakeries, salad bars, juice bars and eateries in London and participating cities have also joined the war on food waste.

In other words: There’s something for everyone on the menu!

Since the launch of our TGTG app in Leeds, Brighton and Birmingham, we’ve helped divert 800 meals from bins to the bellies. In the two days since launching in London we’ve welcomed over 40,000 new users – and we can’t wait to bring you more restaurants to enjoy across the capital.

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So the next time you’re heading out for a meal deal, just remember you can spend less, eat better and feel good whilst you eat.

It’s just Too Good To Go!


Spreading our wings and saving more food

Too Good To Go is now live in Birmingham!

Building on the success of Brighton and Leeds, we’ve partnered with 3 of Birmingham’s biggest and best buffet restaurants to bring you their amazing food as we go on in the fight against food waste.

Jimmy Spices on Birmingham Broad Street, Johnny Spice in Wolverhampton and Shahi Masala in Ward End have pledged their commitment to sustainability and made their delicious food that would have otherwise gone to waste available through the Too Good To Go app for a maximum price of £3.50.

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In doing so, they’ll be helping to put a dent in the 600,000 tonnes of perfectly edible food that the restaurant and hospitality sector waste every year, according to WRAP. That’s almost 2,000 tonnes per day.

How does it work? Just head to the App Store or Play Store on your smartphone, where you’ll be able to download the Too Good To Go app for free. Once downloaded, create a free account and you’ll be taken straight to the ‘Find Food’ page.

Here, you’ll see the closest restaurants to you that have food available for collection. Decide whether you fancy a lunch or dinner collection (there’s no lunch collection at Shahi Masala), tap the restaurant and hit ‘Buy.’ Go through the simple checkout process (you can securely save your payment card for future payments too) and your order confirmation receipt will be saved in ‘My Receipts.’

Then, just head to the restaurant in the specified time period and you’ll be handed an eco-friendly sugarcane takeaway box. All that’s left to do is for you to make your way around the buffet cart, where you can fill the box up to your heart’s content!

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Oh, and the boxes are pretty big too. It’s not uncommon for us here at TGTG HQ to have enough leftover for lunch the next day – and sometimes even dinner too (thanks to Sandeep and the team at Peachy Keens Leeds for that).

And to think – it’s all good grub that would have otherwise gone unloved and ended up on some distant landfill site.

Let us know how your first Too Good To Go experience goes via our Facebook or Twitter pages, and why not tag us in an Instagram post too with the hashtag #tgtguk.