the University of Wolverhampton have developed a new smartphone
application that helps households reduce the amount of food they
‘Consume Within’ is able to track the expiration dates of shop
bought and home made items.
The Apple iPhone application has been developed at the
award-winning Caparo Innovation Centre (CIC), a partnership between
the University and the Caparo group of companies, based at
Wolverhampton Science Park.
Using the app, food items can be allocated quickly and easily to
three different locations – fridge, freezer or cupboard – and their
expiration dates set individually. The user can choose a photo to
go with the item, and a special bar-code type sticker if they wish,
to make the item easy to identify at a later date. The app then
alerts users of the foods that are about to expire within the next
three days and displays them by location or as a single list.
The special stickers can be obtained from the Consume Within
website, where there is also a free downloadable sample sheet to
try them out.
Consume Within is suitable for monitoring the best-before dates
for all food items, from fruit and vegetables through to meat,
dairy, cans and jars. It can also be used to track a number of
other items such as toiletries, cosmetics, sun lotions and
Andrew Pollard, Industrial Professor at the CIC, said: “Reducing
food waste is a major issue, it costs the average family with
children £830 per year and has serious environmental implications
too - in the UK 8.3 million tonnes of food is thrown away by
households each year.
“This App will help you save money, save the planet and keep
your fridge tidy. It is also a useful tool at Christmas time, when
most people have more food that they can consume and find it
difficult to track which foods are about to expire.”
The application is available now to download from Apple iTunes.
The Lite version is free and allows users to monitor up to four
items at a time, while the full version can monitor an unlimited
number of items.
For more information on the application, as well as any
questions and feedback visit the website www.consumewithin.com
Consume Within has been developed by Unibyte Ltd, a spin-out
company from the Caparo Innovation Centre.
The Caparo Innovation Centre recently won a prestigious Lord
Stafford Award for Open Collaboration.
If you would like further information relating to this app or
its development, please contact Andrew Pollard on Tel: +44 (0) 1902
321105; Mobile: (+44) 7974 911794 or email: email@example.com
Image: Consume Within app
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