Hello and welcome to Steffan Lewis’s Blog

Hi, And welcome to my blog. This is where I put my thoughts on virtual paper!

Steffan Lewis is the one with the teeth.

You’ll find links to my web sites, particularly our latest adventure – The EatBy App which is free and should help you save rather a lot of money and help the environment too. I’m a self confessed foodie, an ROV and commercial pilot but also a gadget geek, an aviation anorak, music maniac and a film fanatic – so that’s the kind of general stuff I blog about. Feel free to look around 🙂

Please enjoy, Steffan

 About Steffan Lewis

EatBy App selected as finalists in The Food+City Challenge – EatBy App

EatBy App selected as finalists in The Food+City Challenge

Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 5, 2015 Contact: Lisa O’Neill Newton O’Neill Communications lisa@newtononeill.com (512) 494-6178 #START# EatBy App is Among 24 Finalists Chosen for Seco…

Source: EatBy App selected as finalists in The Food+City Challenge – EatBy App

The Office Coffee Company saves over 50,000 trees and 55,000 tonnes of CO2 in 12 months – EatBy App

Customers of Gloucestershire- based firm the Office Coffee Company has saved 51,098 trees over the past year, simply by switching to a sustainable coffee supplier. They have also prevented 55,355 t…

Source: The Office Coffee Company saves over 50,000 trees and 55,000 tonnes of CO2 in 12 months – EatBy App

SMORGASBOARD – the board game for foodies – EatBy App

In the recipe for the perfect Christmas, good food and board games will always rank highly on the list of essential ingredients. And now there’s a way to deliciously combine the two! SMORGASBOARD i…

Source: SMORGASBOARD – the board game for foodies – EatBy App

Hugh’s War On Waste to broadcast 9pm tonight on BBC1 – EatBy App

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is to broadcast his programme, “Hugh’s War On Waste”, tonight on BBC1 at 9pm, in which he  demonstrates how much food is wasted in the UK. BBC – …

 
Ahead of the programme, we decided to conduct straw poll on Twitter (using Twitter’s new poll feature). Again we are looking forwards to seeing the results:

The results so far (at the time of writing this) already show that most of us know we throw away too much food!

Source: Hugh’s War On Waste to broadcast 9pm tonight on BBC1 – EatBy App

Food labelling poll – EatBy App

We thought we’d conduct a quick 24 hour straw poll on our twitter account simply asking if people understand food labelling. We’re interested to see the results!   Do you understan…

 

Source: Food labelling poll – EatBy App

Families are throwing away good food on a weekly basis despite being on a tight budget – EatBy App

As many families across the UK tighten their belts in preparation for Christmas, new research by MyFamilyClub.co.uk, the money-saving and money making site for families, reveals that six in 10 (57%…

Source: Families are throwing away good food on a weekly basis despite being on a tight budget – EatBy App

The EatBy App – over a year in the making.

Saving money and reducing food waste – there’s about to be an app for that.

It’s been no secret what my wife, Barbara, and I have been up to over the last year and a half. For those who don’t know us, we’ve been developing an app that’ll help reduce food waste and save the average family around ÂŁ700 ($1,000) every year.

Unlike most most app developers who seem to feature so often in the press we are not in our teens or early 20s. We’ve a young family and this is a bit of a career change for both of us.

We’re often asked why we made such a radical career change. But the answer isn’t as straight forward as you’d imagine. Becoming a family tech startup isn’t something we intended, it just happened.

The project began one lunchtime after we discovered that the meal I’d been looking forward to all morning was, in fact, out of date.

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An egg custard tart was partly responsible for the birth of the EatBy App.

We had some premium ham to use for sandwiches in our fridge and we were under the impression that it was still well within its use by date. I’d also saved some egg custard tarts for desert. Please note that egg custard tarts, though relatively inexpensive, are one of my favorite treats. Anyway, neither the ham or the tarts were safe to eat and ended up in the bin. 

Naturally Barbara and I were quietly furious about throwing lunch away and resorting to eating slices of toast and butter for lunch.

Later that day we had a purge of everything in our kitchen that was out of date. We started on the fridge and found bottles of forgotten condiments, a mummified lemon, an unopened packet of cheese three months past its use by date. But our freezer was the worse with two ready meals, two packs of top quality sausages, a box of fish fingers, fish cakes, meat, chicken fillets, a home made lasagna, some unrecognizable stuff in foil. Some of these things were years out of date! And in the cupboards there were forgotten packets of ancient pasta and rice, flour, dried fruit and the list goes on. We filled an enter bin bag with old food.

We both felt utterly ashamed. As a child I’d been raised to finish food on my plate because there were starving people in Africa. I guess as a consequence of this i have always tried to minimize wasting food on my plate. But I’d never really thought about the food we waste that never actually made it to my plate.

In the discussion that followed I mentioned there was probably an app to help stop food waste and that’s where it all began. We spent quite some time looking for an app that’d help us but we couldn’t find one we liked.

“Okay,” I promised, “I’ll make one.”

“Great,” said Barbara, “is that something you can do?”

“I don’t know,” I replied, “but how hard can it be?”

I soon found out. Over the following year we became embroiled in the process of app development. 

It’s been both a rewarding and, at times, frustrating process, particularly through the beta testing when we’ve been torn between perfection and getting our app out there sooner. Developing an app is certainly far more challenging than either of us anticipated! Especially when it’s been self funded. But over the period we’ve been supported and spurred on by family and friends. We’ve also made many new friends along the way, especially the team of genius coders who’ve gone beyond the call of duty to turn our designs into a working system.

Little did we know how our lives would change as a result of chucking some sliced ham and two egg custard tarts.

We’re happy that the app is finally ready.

We now realise that we’d been living in a cloud of ignorance. We had a vague idea that landfill sites are being used to dispose of wasted food. However, it’s only since we began this project that we discovered how shockingly massive the problem is. It’s a fact that the food wasted by the richer countries would feed every starving person on the planet, it contributes to one tenth of the greenhouse gases and uses up massive resources including land and water! When we started we had no idea how important our app idea would become and it’s potential has become our biggest motivation.

It’s fair to say that the project has become a passion and an obsession.

And we are now close to releasing the first version of the app to the world at large so it’s a very exciting time for us.

But it won’t end with the launch. We’ve a massive challenge ahead to spread the word about our app – because without users it won’t achieve its objectives. We’re continually improving the app, listening to feedback and adding new features. We’ll also be working closely with the food and retail industry to develop phase two of our app that will make it even faster to use and the most integrated smart kitchen app available.

We are proud to be doing our bit and ask everyone to help by trying to reduce food waste. Obviously we want everyone to download and use our app. But just being more mindful of the amount of food we waste will make a difference and save you money. 

What am I saying?  …Get the app and start saving as soon as it’s out!

For more information please see our EatBy App website and sign up to receive information or follow @EatByApp on twitter or EatByApp on Facebook


Barbara Lewis with some of the very helpful staff at the Kirkaldy Morrisons Store.

Barbara with some of the very helpful staff at the Kirkaldy Morrisons Store.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC for their assistance and kindly allowing us to use their new Kirkcaldy store where we took so many of the wonderful photographs of the fresh foods that feature in the app. We’d like to thank the store staff for making us feel welcome and for all their help. The results have really bought the app to life.

Thank you.

The EatBy App To Launch Soon

Introducing the new mobile app,”Eatby App”

As published on the press release of the EatBy App website:

App in hand1A new money-saving app launches soon: The EatBy App has been created and developed by husband and wife team, Steffan and Barbara Lewis, after a number of incidents when they threw food out because it had passed its Use By date.

“Steffan, mourning his discarded egg custard tart, answered with that modern clichĂ©, ‘I bet there’s an app for that.’ ”

When they learned how much food is unnecessarily wasted worldwide every year they became passionate about the global issue and made it their mission to change the way they shop for food and manage their kitchen.

And so the idea was born. After scouring the available apps Steffan and Barbara decided that there wasn’t a brilliant solution to the problem of forgetting food in the fridge. So they went about developing their own app.

Never having developed an app before, they embarked on their ambitious project. After a year of research, learning, hard work developing and testing, the EatBy App finally has finally become a reality.

Used daily,the app will certainly help reduce wasted food and money. Steffan and Barbara designed the app insisting that “it had to be simple and quick to use with as little effort as possible – even fun.”

They developed the app for their own use with the idea that other people could benefit from it too. Determined the app should function properly without having to pay for it, the result is an essentially free app with an in-app purchase that adds a shopping list function.

The app will launch on the App Store and Google Play in April 2015. The app’s promotional material emphasises the benefits of the Eatby App to the user (saving $1,000 per year) and to the environment with the tagline: Eat Fresh, Waste less, Save money, EatBy app.

For more information, visit the website http://www.eatbyapp.com

Solar Eclipse Photos

The clouds closed around the eclipse as it approached its maximum where we were in Fife, Scotland.

But instead of ruining our view it became a spectacular sight.

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