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New delivery application focuses on reducing Thailand’s food waste

Caitlin Ashworth



The following story was sent to The Thaiger from the Yindii, a business focused on sustainability and reducing waste produced from the food industry.

Yindii, a Thai anti-food-waste startup, launches a mobile application designed to match hungry, deal-seeking Bangkok residents with environmentally-conscious restaurants, grocery stores and cafes offering delicious food that could otherwise go to waste. Through its discounted “flash sales,” Yindii helps battle an escalating societal problem while enabling restaurants to gain potentially lost revenue.

Yindii’s mobile application is designed to be a direct-to-consumer platform created for restaurants and cafes who can create exclusive and immediate “Happy Hour Deals” offers regularly, with up to discount from 50 to 70%. Once a Yindii box offer is published, Yindii users can then purchase the Yindii box before heading to the restaurant to collect their items or getting them delivered. Transactions are completed electronically.

Consumers can discover what is inside when they open their surprise gift box. Aside from the savings – and committing to the reduction of food waste – consumers benefit from the app by connecting with their favourite food joints to easily find highly discounted items.

“33% of all food produced globally is wasted or lost every year. That is close to a billion and a half tons which is never consumed, accounting for 8% of the greenhouse gas emissions around the globe, 4 times more polluting than the airline industry. All this is an ecological disaster!”

“The growing problem of food waste is challenging to solve for endless reasons including logistics, the complexities of short-lived items and the lack of a set market, which is what we are working to help solve – with a simple system for people and restaurants of surplus food to connect and enact.” – Yindii founder and tech entrepreneur Louis-Alban Batard-Dupre

“All the food available on Yindii is delicious and untouched, coming from premium places, that just cannot wait for tomorrow to be eaten. Think about pastries in coffee shops or fresh meals in restaurants. Our community, the Food Waste Fighters, can rescue the food and provide access to quality meals at an affordable price.”

For the first 100 users who download the app, Yindii is offering free delivery up to 5km from any store with the code: SAVETHEPLANET.

Available for download on Apple’s app store for iOS devices and on Google Play for Android devices, the Yindii app features an initial group of restaurants and cafes including: Sofitel Sukhumvit, Veganerie, Ohana Poke, Broccoli Revolution, Delifrance, Sunshine Market, Banana Warrior, among others.

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    Monday, October 19, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    No way out, until you use banana leaves wrapping multiple layers as you like.

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, October 19, 2020 at 11:53 pm

    Oh wonderful news.
    Certain restaurants are selling food at a discount to prevent food waste.
    They are: environnmentally conscious restaurants who are selling a $3 bread roll for a dollar fifty cents? A suggested example – correct me if I am wrong.
    This is the wrong time in Thailand to take notice of this save the planet claptrap.
    I have visited the website and saw I would have to register to save the planet.
    I don’t think I’ll bother . . .

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    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 10:28 am

    Well, it is food to the thrown away at the end of the day. The destination is garbage. With the crisis, this apps are popping up in every country and they all claim it is to save the planet but we all know that is all about less and less power of purchase for the middle class.
    If you want to save the planet, just walk out of your condo and buy something to eat instead of using the free-delivery 5 km motorcycle ride.

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    James Pate

    Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 6:43 am

    Great idea and I wish them great success! I will download the app today! No, it won’t save the planet but, I may be able to buy some tasty treats that I would have usually foregone and I may help someone stay employed.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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