Food Waste, Sharing and Repairing

These are zero waste schemes that operate across the whole of the UK. (For local zero waste projects, see here.)

Olio is a free sharing app, allowing you to give away or pick up surplus food or stuff.

Community Fridges, where you can drop off or collect surplus food, are expanding across the UK.

Wonky Veg: Some supermarkets, such as Morrisons and Asda, sell wonky veg that was initially rejected for not looking good enough. Riverford Organics deliver boxes of wonky veg to various parts of the UK, and there are also local schemes in London and Leicestershire. 

‘Feed people, not bins.’ The Real Junk Food Project diverts food destined for waste and provides healthy meals in ‘pay as you feel’ cafes across the UK.

Too Good To Go app allows you to order meals from restaurants and cafes at the end of the day that would otherwise have been thrown away.

Streetbank is a website allowing you to give stuff away or share things and skills with your neighbours.

Freecycle is a grassroots nonprofit movement of people giving away and getting stuff for free. It keeps good stuff out of landfills. Also check out Freegle, which describes itself as ‘online dating for stuff,’ matching people with things to give away with people who want them.

Repair cafes are a network of free meeting places with tools and materials available to repair anything you need. There are also expert volunteers on hand to help.