Too Good to Go and Waze navigate to a greener planet

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Forty percent of food is wasted every year in the United States, which contributes to 8 percent of greenhouse emissions, according to the FDA. If we can all reduce our food waste this could be one of the most impactful ways to fight climate change.

In an effort to help Americans stop food waste, Too Good To Go, the #1 anti-food waste app that offers untouched food at a discounted rate, and Waze, the GPS platform we all know and love that gets us to destinations in record breaking time, announced their partnership to help reduce food waste while supporting local restaurants, cafes, bakeries and grocery stores.

As part of Waze’s for Good initiative, during the month of August, over 100 Too Good To Go partners including, La Colombe, Just Salad, Juice Press, Auntie Anne’s, PLNT Burger, Café d’Avignon, and more will be highlighted on the Waze map with branded pins to guide users in the New York, Washington D.C., Seattle, Philadelphia and Portland metro areas to stop in and pick up Surprise Bags of food!

You mean free salads, juices, burgers and warm pretzels? Yes and all you have to do is download the free Waze and Too Good to Go app and you’ll be able to see participating locations as you are driving.

Nearly 40 percent of food waste is a direct result from restaurants , food service companies and grocery stores. To continue the path of helping to reduce climate change, here are a few more food waste apps that will help you save money and the planet!

  1. Imperfect Foods — Ever thrown away a fruit because it was just ugly to you? Well, they’re still good to eat and this app sends you all the ugly foods so nothing goes to waste.
  2. Misfits Market — In partnership with farmers, they can send you organic and sustainably-sourced produce to your home for up to 40 percent off what you would typically pay at the grocery store.
  3. Hungry Harvest — Every order here saves about 10 lbs of food that is about to be thrown away. You can gain accessibility to fruit, veggies and even coffee.
  4. Olio — Garbage night and you hate throwing out food? This app allows you to give meals to families in your neighborhood.
  5. Flashflood — Allows you to find discounted food at grocery stores near you.

Saving the planet doesn’t only have to be an Earth Day activity, we can all do this together! Are you in?