The idea behind 222 million tons has always been to spark conversation and change – and to do that by sharing tips, tools, and resources that help people waste less food and eat well. So far, that’s only been through this blog, but as of last week, we have an iPad App in iTunes.
The App is a publishing platform for weekly menus and shopping lists. The recipes all work for a single person (though through the miracle of technology, they can be scaled), and use up all the fresh ingredients on the shopping lists.
The idea was Bonnie Lee’s, and emerged out of her frustration over the amount of food she was wasting when she first moved from Tokyo to Los Angeles. She was overwhelmed by the quantities that food was sold in, and had no idea how a single person could use it all before it spoiled. In Japan, there are home economics magazines that help people save money by providing weekly shopping lists and recipes, but she couldn’t find anything like that in L.A. – and all the recipes she could find served 6 to 12 people. Bonnie Lee doesn’t like leftovers … so she issued me a challenge, which led to this App, built by our friends & partners at bluejava: Glenn & Makiko.
The first collection of recipes is called Bright & Bold, and was written by me (more on that another day), but my hope is that the 222 millions tons App will become a platform on which a large community of home cooks shares recipes – and if anyone reading this is interested in becoming part of that community, let me know via the comments below, or through any of the community platforms listed on my Gravatar profile.
The key to reducing food waste at home is planning – and as I wrote Bright & Bold, I came to appreciate the challenge of planning whole weeks for a single person with both variety and zero waste. So, if you don’t have time to plan meals, but hate waste and like to eat well … well, now there’s an App that can help.
So cool! If I ever get an iPad, this is the first app I will buy!!!
Thanks! Here’s hoping Santa gets you an iPad for Xmas. Or maybe Labour Day.
Reblogged this on The Sustain Blog by Nicole Brait and commented:
This is such a great idea. I love it.
This app is a really good idea!! I am always appalled by the shocking amount of food that gets wasted and recently wrote about it on my blog. http://greentrailsandteapottales.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/3-reasons-why-i-loathe-food-waste/
I live in London and unfortunately one of the Olympics volunteers working at the Olympics was saying that he’s shocked by the amount of food that gets wasted there all the time, it’s so sad!! :(
Glad you like it. The next collection of recipes for the app will be vegetarian; I’ll let you know when that one’s done.
That’s great! Thanks so much :)
This is a great idea to promote. In addition, grocery stores throw out even more food–staggering quantities–and cannot donate it anywhere due to the suppressing effect it would have on their food pricing. It is routine for them to throw tons of food away. We surely have a lot of counts on which to improve the way we waste resources.
Thanks, Patina&co – and you’re right, consumer food waste is only one piece of the problem. There are quite a few initiatives that focus on food recovery. A good starting point for learning more about those is http://www.wastedfood.com (there’s a list at the bottom of right margin).
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