Ewwww!! (I'm sitting at my desk eating some fresh cut fruit while writing this post and absolutely can not imagine selling the leftovers.)
What about the health issues that could come with using this service? And what if what is advertised in the post isn't what you actually get? Also, how much can you actually be saving by doing this?
LeftoverSwap follows a trend of recent startups promoting a sharing type service such as AirBnB, Zipcar, Uber, Car2Go, Bikeshare and couch surfing. While food prices have soared and wages haven't exactly followed suit, it wouldn't be surprising if people jumped on board with this new service to save a few bucks.
The website says the service is designed to reduce waste, eat locally and build relationships in your community. They say their new service also solves all the problems of improving a healthy lifestyle and reducing the number of people who are overweight.
There are two options: leftover givers and leftover takers.
For the takers, you fire up the app and view the available leftovers in your immediate location and arrange for pick-up or delivery. For the takers, you take a picture of what you can't eat anymore, name it and share with your potentially hungry neighbors.
If leftovers is such a big deal, why don't restaurants and people just make smaller portions? Or save it for later and have multiple meals out of it? When I lived in the U.K. for a year during graduate school, I remember eating out one time and asking for a "doggie bag" to wrap up my leftover food. The waiter looked at me as if I had 12 heads. They don't use "doggie bags" over there because for the most part, their portions are normal size. Maybe that's a clue Americans should pick up.
One way America could help it's growing obesity problem is to eliminate all of the buffet all-you-can eat restaurants. Who needs that anyways? It absolutely encourages overeating and bad eating habits.
Based on their Twitter feed @leftoverswap, it appears as though the startup officially launched in December 2012 but didn't get going until July 2013.