Tessa Clarke is co-founder and CEO of Olio, an organisation striving to tackle food waste and food shortages through technological innovation.
The company started as a free app, connecting neighbours with each other and independent shops so that ‘surplus’ food – anything from unattractive food to items approaching their sell-by date – could be shared, rather than thrown in the bin. Users simply take a photo of their food and upload it to Olio for neighbours to give a new purpose.
Just under one million people have used Olio across 49 countries, sharing 1.4m portions of food and saving the equivalent of 3.7m car miles. The app now covers non-food household items too, such as a bottle of lotion, brining a generation of people together with the idea of a ‘shared economy’.