A new app that lets people know when food items are near to the use-by date, potentially cutting food waste, has been unveiled.
The husband and wife developers of EatBy, Steffan and Barbara Lewis (left), say that an average household could save up to £700 annually.
The creators claim their app will be the first practical personal technology solution to the problem of food waste.
Householders scan the barcodes of purchased products into the app and assign a use-by date. When the item reaches this date, the app sends a notification to alert them that it needs to be eaten.
“We are under no illusion that our app will immediately solve this global problem,” said Steffan Lewis.
“But if only a few million people download and use it, then it’ll already make an impact and that’d be a great start. Obviously, we’d like everyone to use our app and benefit from it!”
WRAP has estimated that the average UK household wastes £65 every month on uneaten food with a third of food discarded.
This amounts to £1.7bn worth of food that is wasted each month across 27 million households.
The EatBy App has been launched on Android devices and will be rolled out for Apple devices before the end of the month.