The 221,000 users in Portugal of an application that allows consumers to take an active role in combating food waste have prevented 100,000 meals from being wasted since October.

The “Too Good To Go” app connects consumers to establishments that want to reduce and monetize their daily surplus, channelling it towards a valid consumption alternative, allowing a second chance for food to be consumed in perfect conditions.

According to a press release from this social impact company whose mission is to combat food waste, users can purchase quality meals at affordable prices, contributing to a system of non-waste and circular economy.

Altogether 100,000 meals were saved from the waste, which is equivalent to 250 tons of CO2 that were not released into the atmosphere, if these meals were wasted, the equivalent of 655 flights from Lisbon-London.

The application is available in the metropolitan areas of Lisbon and Porto, in the Algarve and more recently in the cities of Braga and Coimbra.

The “Too Good To Go” app appeared in Portugal in late October 2019 and has a community of 221,000 users and 735 partners, from catering to large groups in the food industry.

In the application, users can buy what they call ‘magic boxes’ – with surprise content because it is impossible to predict waste in detail – choosing the establishment they like best, reserving in the application and collecting at a scheduled time.

Before asking for his ‘Magic Box’, the user can filter his choices in the application and find out which establishment interests him most, based on the usual of each space, the options being diverse and varying between Chinese, Japanese food, Italian, Portuguese, vegetarian, vegan, among many other food products.

Payment is made through the application, and the receipt is generated at the time of collection, at the place and time established and indicated on the application, by the establishment itself.

In line with national success, are the global numbers of Too Good To Go which in a universe of 15 countries, already has a community of 23 million users and more than 50 thousand establishments, which have already saved around 43 million meals.

According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), one third of all human food production is wasted.