Roughly 30-40% of the US food supply is wasted. Most of this wastage rots in landfills and produces significant amounts of methane gas. We wanted to find a way to help people be more mindful of how much they waste.
What it does
Instacart is a grocery delivery and pickup service that allows customers to order groceries online. With the company’s growth accelerated by the pandemic, it is now one of the fastest growing services. This extension to Instacart, called Instasmart, allows users to track potentially wasted food, and includes two main features. First, it tracks purchasing habits and wasted groceries, suggesting to users new purchasing habits (quantity, frequency) to waste less food. It also can notify a customer when a certain food product is about to expire, suggesting food banks to donate the food to.
How we built it
We built the prototype entirely on Figma.
Challenges we ran into
In the beginning, it was challenging to start to use Figma since we didn’t have much prior experience with it, but after a while we started to get the hang of it.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We’re most proud of all the features we were able to integrate into to prototype in such a short amount of time.
What we learned
We learned that the average human eats 4 - 5 pounds of food per day (approximately 120 per month) and that about 200 pounds of food are wasted yearly.
What's next for Instasmart
After spending more time making it look more aesthetically pleasing, we wanted to focus on more back-end stuff. We wanted to develop an algorithm that helps people set their goals for limiting their food wastage. We also wanted to add an element to our app that would give people reminders for when their foods were reaching their expiration dates. This is because the majority of food waste happens because people tend to forget when their food goes bad. After refining all of this, we wanted to officially partner with Instacart so that we can work in connection with them.