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Give Life to Your Leftovers

Life2Leftovers is a blog that provides new recipes to old leftovers.

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    We have created a blog for average people to create easy and manageable recipes. Many tend to throw away old leftovers or fresh food that eventually go bad because they are ignored. Our website gives recipes and ideas for people to use their leftover food to create new meals preventing food waste! In our blog we have recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, snacks, and vegetarian options. If we don’t come up with the recipes ourselves, then we give credit to those who do. Our blog allows our followers to add their own recipes. We have shared this project with our school’s health and wellness board so they can publicize and add to our website. The success of our project is dependent on the willingness of others to participate in the fight to end food waste!

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

We can gather a group of girls and their families to try out our blog and see if they used more of their leftovers then they previously had. The idea is that they will be able to lessen food waste in their homes by making sure no leftover goes unfinished.

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

The most helpful asset to our blog from the OpenIDEO community that would aid in building and refining our idea would be spreading the link to our blog, in efforts to receive feedback and recipes from our followers! We would love to expand this into a community that can send in and share their ideas to bring leftover food back to life, and ultimately decreasing the amount of food waste in people’s homes. We are also aiming towards setting up social media accounts to further spread our idea.

Tell us about your work experience:

As a group, we are simply high school seniors trying to make a change. We have little experience, only resulting from our social media usage. We plan to gain tons of knowledge along the journey.

This idea emerged from

  • A group brainstorm

How far along is your idea?

  • It’s just been created! It’s existed for 1 day - 1 month


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Hi Quinlyn, Taylor and Helen! I love this project proposal! It is something that I can picture my family using often. This idea is super helpful and incredibly useful to everyone! The website is well organized and visually pleasing as well. I love how easy the project makes it to save food and create something delicious. Have you considered a search bar for people to input specific foods they have to make it even easier to use? The description says that the success of the website is dependent on the willingness of others but how do you get others to care? How can you inspire people to keep coming back to the website and encourage better food habits? 

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