Many people feel they are unable to make a strong impact when it comes to environmental issues. For example, while it is widespread knowledge that fossil fuels hurt the environment, it is not economically viable for many people to switch to renewable energy.
We believe that food waste is a major issue, especially in the U.S. In 2020, about 1000 tons of food was wasted every minute. Our website is designed to help people minimize their food waste and make the most of their groceries.
What it does
Our program has three main features: recipes, a pantry tracker, and meal planning. The recipes tab is used to save recipes. The recipes are focused around scrappy cooking. For example using banana peels to make vegan bacon. The pantry tab stores any and all fruits and vegetables along with other pantry items to a list. We were able to build an auto completion bar which has some stored items along with how long they will last in proper refrigeration. This function in theory would help with managing and remembering what food is about to go bad and should be used as soon as possible. We also have a meal planner, which is used for planning out daily meals, and we wanted it to link to the pantry to allow the user to choose from the current items they have so they don’t go and buy more food. We want users to learn that even if a food item is wilting or going bad, it can still be used in a yummy and less wasteful way!
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
What we learned
What's next for Ortify
We hope to spend more time on our website and add the features we did not have enough time to add. For example, a working local server to save the web site's data, a larger library of food items in the auto-populate search bar, and the ability to populate recipes from google. We know being mindful of food waste is hard, and we hope to continue to build Ortify into a fun and easy way to deal with food waste.