OLIO — Your solution to an environmentally sustainable society

Last Updated: December 28, 2020

Written by Felicia Koh

Over-estimated on your food prep and cooked a little too much this Christmas? Planning to declutter for the new year but don’t know what to do with those unwanted clothes and household appliances in your storeroom? Let OLIO be your solution. 

Also known as the surplus food saviour, UK-based sharing app, OLIO, started as a platform connecting neighbours and local businesses within the same vicinity to encourage surplus food to be shared instead of being thrown away. 

With time, the app evolved to include non-food household items, growing into a global initiative spanning over 45 countries around the world. At its core, OLIO promotes the concept of sustainability.

Instead of binning your unwanted items, simply share them via OLIO. Simple, speedy and fuss-free, the app allows you to reduce wastage by passing on something useful to someone in your community who might need it more. 

To access OLIO, download the app from the App Store or Google Play. Thereafter, you will be able to select your neighbourhood and start listing your items for giveaway on your profile by adding a picture, description and pick-up details. You can also access a list of free items that are up for grabs in your neighbourhood!

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The best part of OLIO is that there is no need for you to travel to donate your goods. All you need to do is indicate your address and time of collection and you are all set! Place your food or pre-loved items at your doorstep and the donee will collect it from you. 

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Freebies aside, you can also choose to sell homemade food and handmade crafts through the ‘Made’ category. OLIO makes for a good platform for aspiring home chefs and crafters to showcase their talents with both food and non-food products. 

Start your journey on supporting sustainability with OLIO. With this app, let there be no reason for wastage in your household. After all, isn’t ‘sharing is caring’ a virtue we should all practice?

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