Written by Edward Parsons |
I believe one of the most important things in life is the food you put in your body. So when the Nakiwi app on IOS and Android was finally released, I was eager to try it out.
What is it?
Nakiwi is a student start-up company based in Falmouth, and their vision is to change the perspectives and attitudes towards fresh and local food.
At its core, Nakiwi is also a social project inspired by environmental awareness with an eco-friendly mission: lessening food miles and plastic packaging while supporting local farmers and good food.
How does it work?
It’s outrageously easy – it’s what food shopping should be.
After downloading the app, registering and verifying your account, you select a pickup point where you want to collect your produce – and you’re ready to start.
Simply tap “+” or “–” to change the quantity of produce. Apples – five hundred grams. Tap. Cherry tomatoes, one kilo. Tap tap. Spinach, three hundred grams. Tap. Chillis – tap. Runner beans, tap tap.
And you’re done. Just press the basket, take a look at the overview of selected items and then head to checkout to pay. Lastly, bring your receipt code to the pick-up point.
The problem with the food industry
I was genuinely skeptical of Nakiwi and what they had to offer at first, but this isn’t student meals on wheels by any stretch. This is a genuine alternative to unsustainable supermarket shopping that puts people and the planet first.
Like anyone who is remotely concerned about the environment, I’m quite conscious of where my food comes from, what it comes in and where it ends up. The food industry is wrought with systemic issues of an ethical nature at every stage of production. Among them, contributing to global warming and the destruction of the environment, is food and packaging wastage as well as air miles.
Research has shown some supermarkets waste around 40,000 tonnes of food each year, while nearly 1 million tonnes of plastic packaging ends up in landfill. Worse still, 95% of our fruit and 50% of our food arrives from abroad, which doesn’t do the atmosphere any favours.
Unless you fancy accompanying your grandparents to a faraway farm shop, there are very little alternatives to accessing clean, fresh food grown locally, especially at a price students can afford.
That’s where Nakiwi steps in.
By means of just a simple app, they’ve managed to reduce the food mileage, the carbon footprint of transporting the produce, and maintained transparency over its quality and origin. By sourcing from local and organic farms, it helps boost Cornwall’s localised economy while disrupting the unsustainable mass food supply chain.
It might still be early days for Nakiwi but it’s a great concept with tremendous potential for growth.