1/3 rd of the entire population on earth lacks adequate food supply. The amount of food items are available in the market have the capacity to feed billions, but it is accessible to the population have more than they need. This excess amount of food goes into waste. OLIO is bridging this gap of waste with intention to reduce the food waste and supply it to the needy one.
What is OLIO?
OLIO connects neighbours with each other and with local businesses so surplus food can be shared, not thrown away. This could be food nearing its sell-by date in local stores, spare home-grown vegetables, bread from your baker, or the groceries in your fridge when you go away. For your convenience, OLIO can also be used for non-food household items too.
How it began?
Hello, we’re Tessa Clarke and Saasha Celestial-One, Co-Founders of OLIO. Here’s the story of how OLIO grew from an idea into a marketplace saving thousands of food items every week.
The ‘lightbulb’ moment came on 17th December 2014 – I remember it well. I was packing up our apartment in Switzerland, getting ready to move back to the UK. Despite our best efforts to eat everything we had, we were still left with 6 sweet potatoes, a whole white cabbage and some pots of yogurt. The removal men told me that all the food had to be thrown away, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do this. And so – much to their frustration as we still had a lot to pack up – I got my new-born baby and toddler dressed and set off armed with this food to find someone to give it to. Unfortunately, the lady who I had hoped to give it to wasn’t in her usual spot outside the supermarket and I got quite upset. I thought about knocking on my neighbours’ doors to see if they wanted it, but the problem was I didn’t know if they would be in; and even if they were in, I didn’t really know them and it might be a bit awkward if they didn’t want what I was offering. Feeling thoroughly defeated I thought to myself – “This is absolutely crazy…. this food is delicious. Why isn’t there an app where I can share it with someone nearby who wants it?” And so the idea for OLIO was born…
I told some friends & family about my idea of a food sharing app, and they all thought I was crazy. But in February 2015 when I told Saasha, her eyes immediately lit up and we just knew that we had to work together to bring this app to life!
Tessa and I met in 2002 and have been close friends ever since. When she told me about her idea for a food sharing app I instantly knew it was genius and that I wanted to be a part of the journey bringing it to life. Within an hour we had settled on a name and made our plan! No one ever said we don’t dream big or move quickly.
Awards and Achievements
Digital Excellence in Agriculture: ITU – FAO Regional Contest in Europe and Central Asia
Best of Green Awards 2021: Eco Tech
London Business Awards 2020
Business Green Technology Awards
SRA Food Made Good Award
The Meaningful Business 100