Change Makers - Tessa Clarke, OLIO

Maggie Chestler
WeAre8 Community Lead

May 6, 2021

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The WeAre8 Change Makers interview series elevates and celebrates those using their voices for good around the world. 

WeAre8 CEO and Founder, Sue Fennessy, sits down and chats with these innovative individuals to learn more about their brilliant work for our planet and inspire everyone to use their voice to change the world.

Interview Spotlight - Tessa Clarke, CEO and Co-Founder of OLIO.

Tessa Clarke, CEO and Co-founder of OLIO, joins Sue in this weeks Change Makers interview. 

Growing up with her parents as farmers, she realised the massive amount of hard work and labor that went into producing the food we eat. Her ‘lightbulb’ moment was upon moving back to the UK from Switzerland, she could not stomach throwing out the spare food her family could not finish. Running around her neighbourhood with her newborn baby to disperse the leftover food, she knew there had to be an accessible, easy solution to share food that may be wasted. 

Her, and Saasha Celestial-One, made this idea a reality with OLIO. OLIO is a food sharing app that connects neighbours and local businesses to share surplus food and other essentials.

Good for the planet, people, and business.

Food waste is a massive problem all over the world,  33-50% of all food produced globally is never eaten, and the value of this wasted food is worth over $1 trillion. In the UK alone, the average family throws away 22% of their weekly shop, which is worth £730 per year. OLIO is addressing this global issue and saving the planet from the heaps of food that is thrown out and still good! 

At the same time, 8.4 million people in the UK are experiencing food poverty of some kind, with approximately 1.9 million people using a food bank in 2019/2020. OLIO enables millions of people across the UK to access free food they can pick-up in their local neighbourhoods. For those experiencing food poverty or are under economic pressure, this is a game changer!

OLIO works local restaurants, caterers, offices, retailers or any local food business the opportunity to redistribute their extra food to local communities. Through their Food Waste Heroes programme, food that would otherwise be thrown away can feed people - helping the planet and communities.

With over 3.6 million OLIOers, Tessa is changing the world!

Watch Tessa's full interview.

Download the OLIO app and start fighting food waste today!

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Sources: OLIO, Statista

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