How to Share Free Food & Products with Olio

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How to Share Free Food & Products with Olio

I hate wasting food but sometimes life gets super busy and something I bought a week ago will not end up getting used or will not be used in the best before date.

Recently I had an abundance of cleaning products that I knew I was never going to use after going crazy with the cleaning rage last year, and a lot of them were not cruelty free.

Enter Olio!

Olio App on phone with fan in background depicting Paris scene on

My wonderful friend and Nutritionist Maham told me all about this wonderful community based app when I was lamenting the expired food and half used cleaning products clogging up my kitchen cupboards.

Olio Food Feed
Olio Food Feed

What is Olio?

Olio is a community based initiative which aims to reduce food and waste in general and help people bond with their neighbours and community by sharing their food and unwanted items for FREE!

OLIO connects neighbours with each other and with local businesses so surplus food can be shared, not thrown away. This could be food nearing its sell-by date in local stores, spare home-grown vegetables, bread from your baker, or the groceries in your fridge when you go away. For your convenience, OLIO can also be used for non-food household items too.
Olio Add Listing
Add Listing on Olio – you can choose Food or Non Food
Olio Add Listing
You can choose where you want to specify where and when you want other users to pick up your listed items.

How do you Use Olio?

It’s so simple to use, you just download the app on the App Store or Play Store, create a profile and either start searching for or sharing food or items you no longer want.

You will be notified anytime a listing becomes available in your area.

How Does It Work?

You can either list a product you want to share within your local community and specify what it is, condition of the product i.e. NEW, USED etc. and then tell people where they can pick it up and if needed at what times.

Olio Non-Food Feed
Olio Non Feed Items

I Don’t Want Strangers Coming to my Home

When I initially started using the Olio app, I put down the nearest tube station as the pick up location, but you can use the local shop or anywhere you can get to quickly if people are interested in picking up your item.

It’s all based on trust, but it’s also a great way to meet new people and I would say meet in a public place if you can as you get the hang of it and use your judgement.

Some people don’t want to talk to me, so I’ve left the items outside the house and they’ve picked them up and let me know.

Olio Community Feed
Olio Community Feed

What happens when someone wants to pick up and item or I want to take an item?

You message the user, arrange a time and place to meet and presto the item is yours!

Items are usually given free of charge but do clarify on the listing if this is not the case.

Olio Listings Completed Feed
Things I’ve given away on Olio – these items went within an hour!

What have I taken or given on Olio?

I’ve given away cleaning products, dry foods like walnuts and even cleaning sponges to a lady who collecting to give to charity.

I’ve had students take items, busy mums and so many more.

It’s been such a lovely way to meet new people in my local community and to finally feel part of one after moving to London Alhamdulillah (Praise be to God).

Olio Filter Listings
You can filter how far you want to see items listed from, if there are not items near you, you can see listings from further away.
Olio Just Gone Feed
You can see what items have just gone.

Would I recommend it?

I would totally recommend Olio to share food or unwanted items and meet new people in my community!

Thank you to Maham for sharing with me so I can share with you all!

See my other money saving and making tips here.

Would you use Olio to share food or non-food items?


How to Share Free Food & Products with Olio

I’m Humaira, a 30-something adopted Londoner.

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A recovering hoarder and aspiring minimalist, I blog about Cruelty Free Beauty, Luxe Organic Skincare, Mental Health and more.

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