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“Leftover Swap” App Lets You Share Your Cold Pizza With Strangers

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Imagine opening your fridge to find a couple boxes of chow mein from last night, but not much else (you probably don’t have to try too hard to conjure up this scenario, huh?). The only problem is you don’t feel like chow mein, so you snap a quick photo of last night’s noodles, post it to a new app called Leftover Swap, and start scrolling through other local leftover offerings to see if anyone might have some pizza or a sandwich to trade. Are you grossed out or intrigued? Either way, you’re not alone. “It’s obviously not for everybody,” Leftover Swap co-founder Dan Newman told NPR. “But for as many people who seemingly have a problem with it, there’s people who love the idea.”

Newman and a friend hatched the idea as a way to combat food waste and offer a plausible solution to growing concerns over food production rates that can’t keep up with population growth. The app is set to be released at the end of August, but in order to succeed, it’s going to have to overcome the initial “ew” factor. Newman thinks people will come around: “It goes back to the couch-surfing thing. You’re staying at a random person’s place and you have to trust they aren’t going to do something weird. It’s the same with leftovers.” [NPR]

[Photo of leftover pizza via Shutterstock]

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