What is OLIO?

OLIO is a food sharing application that aims to reduce food waste on a global scale! This includes food nearing its sell-by date, leftover food from events, home-grown foods and more.

By using an application that allows you to both view and list items, it connects local businesses, organisations, the public and more together, so that surplus food can be shared.

To list an item, it works just like any e-commerce application such as eBay and Amazon. You simply add photos, a description of the item and then add a location and time for the item to be available for pick-up. To view items, simply browse the items available near you, request them and then arrange your pick-up by messaging the owner.

Download OLIO on the Apple Store.Download OLIO from Google Play.


How does it apply to the Events Industry?

Food waste is a huge issue in the events industry that is often looked over.

When planning larger events such as conferences, getting a 100%-accurate number of delegates can be difficult. Some guests are 50/50 about attending, some don’t notify the organiser that they are cancelling and more.

This results in an over-estimation of numbers, which often results in food waste.

That’s where OLIO comes in: this application can, at a minimum, dramatically reduce the waste at your event by organising someone to collect the excess food & drinks to be used elsewhere.

Conference News: Food Savers

We recently gained coverage in Conference News Magazine for looking at how to “tackle the huge mountain of food waste in our industry”

OLIO can be used to reduce food waste at any event, as any excess food can be re-distributed from your event! We see OLIO as part of the solution to the food waste issue in the events industry.

In the article, we talk about how we worked with local food banks for the Xero conference we organised in an effort to reduce our food waste at that event.

We discuss the issues we have with giving food banks food that they can accept.


Conference News: Food Savers

See our feature in the October issue of Conference News Magazine where we talk about tackling the huge mountain of food waste in our industry.

Food Waste Facts:

  • Over 1/3 of all food produced globally goes to waste
  • The annual value of food wasted globally is $1 Trillion, weighing 1.3bn Tonnes
  • All the world’s hungry could be fed on less than 1/4 of food wasted in the US, UK & Europe
  • An area larger than China is used to grow food that is never eaten
  • 25% of the World’s Fresh Water supply is used to grow food that is never eaten
  • If food waste were a country it would be the 3rd largest emitter of greenhouse gases
  • In the home food waste is worth £800 per year to the average UK family

OLIO Statistics:

  • 2,337,250 Portions of Food Shared
  • 1,365,503 Users
  • 349,320,953 Litres of Water Saved

And counting…

Click to Read More about Champions of Sustainable Events, as featured in Conference News Magazine. Champions of Sustainable Events looked into Better Air UK and Better Air US Products to bring to event spaces.

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Food Banks for Events’ Food Waste

As you probably already know, the Events Industry produces a lot of food excess and catering waste. Firstly, we often have to cater for hundreds of guests. This leaves us with a huge food excess that will most likely not be consumed.


Conference News: Food Savers

See our feature in the October issue of Conference News Magazine where we talk about tackling the huge mountain of food waste in our industry.


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“You can live 3 days without water, 3 weeks without food but only 3 minutes without air. You choose what you eat and what you drink. Today, thanks to JC and our Clean Air Solutions everybody in this event got to choose to breathe very good quality air.”

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