New app from Love Food Hate Waste helps consumers save £££ while on the move

Help is at hand for anyone who wants to keep track of their budgets by food planning, shopping, making the most of left-overs and recipes while ‘on the go’, thanks to a newly-updated app from Love Food Hate Waste (LFHW).

23 Apr 13

Launched today (Weds April 24) by Zero Waste Scotland, who deliver LFHW in Scotland, and available for both iPhone and Android devices, the app enables users to organise a wide range of information and features, and tailor this to their own, individual requirements.

This builds on the previous Love Food Hate Waste app, which has been downloaded over 100,000 times since its launch in January 2010.  The iPhone version was number one in the app store, under lifestyle, in February 2010.

The free app offers a host of features including:

  • ‘My kitchen’ –store details of all the foods you’ve got at home in your fridge, freezer and cupboards. Add ‘use by’ reminders so you don’t waste food
  • Portion planner and a meal planning diary
  • 100s of great recipes (with new ones regularly added) with simple, step-by-step instructions
  • A feast of helpful tips and ideas from LFHW 
  • Keep a record of your own creations by adding your recipes to a ‘My cookbook’ section
  • Rate and share recipes
  • Portion planner and a meal planner diary
  • ‘Shopping list’ not only tracks everything you need for your planned meals, but also alerts you if you have duplicates of any ingredients.  Instantly ‘unpack’ your food purchases into your virtual kitchen

The updated app also offers a ‘My profile’ area where users can record what they’ve cooked, culinary ‘achievements’, and, the chance to opt for connecting via Facebook or Twitter with friends and family who also use the app.

“This all-new app, which is free to download and use, builds on the knowledge and expertise LFHW has gained over the years,” said LFHW’s Emma Marsh.

“In Scotland, we throw away 566,000 tonnes of food every year, much if which could have been eaten. This good food and drink costs us around £1bn a year, and the average household could save up to £35 a month by making the most of the food they buy.

“Wasting less food is not only goof for our pockets, but it’s also good for the environment, helping to save energy and water, and reducing our carbon footprint,” she added. “By making all this information available via the new free app, we want to make it even easier for people to get the most from the food they buy.”

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said:

“Taking simple steps to reduce the amount of food we waste not only saves us money, but can also help to create a greener Scotland.

“This new app from Zero Waste Scotland makes managing our food easier, helping to better plan and keep track of what we have, making sure we waste as little as possible.”

Smartphone users can download the app from Apple’s App Store or Google’s Play Store.

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