Los Angeles, California – No one wants to waste food, but how does one person get through a bunch of celery before it goes limp without getting sick of celery? It was that question that inspired Pyxedo and bluejava to team up and develop 222 million tons, an iPad application that delivers weekly shopping lists and menu plans. The week’s recipes use up all the perishables on the shopping lists, so nothing gets thrown away – a simple idea that’s good for both the planet and the pocketbook.

To use the application, users simply select the week plan they want to follow and the number of people in their household. The application generates a shopping list with all the necessary ingredients for the week, as well as recipes scaled for the number of people to be fed.

Bright & Bold:
The first collection of recipes, “Bright & Bold”, contains four weeks of recipes that draw on a variety of culinary traditions, with dishes ranging from African chicken peanut stew to Thai fish cakes. What all the recipes share is a focus on bright and bold colors, flavors and textures, and a celebration of vegetables and complex spicing. The first week of recipes is free, and the rest of the collection sells for US$2.99 – or about a dollar for each week of recipes.

“Bright & Bold” was written by Pyxedo cofounder and food blogger Jean-Franois Chenier, but the goal is for 222 millions tons to become a platform on which a large community of home cooks share and sell weekly recipe collections.

Why 222 Million Tons?
The application name is taken from a 2011 UN study, which found that consumers and retailers in industrialized nations waste 222 million tons of food every year. “And it’s not just the food that’s wasted,” Chenier is quick to point out, “it’s the fuel to transport those 222 million tons of food, the land and resources used to grow it, the money used to buy it, and the land and resources needed to throw it away.” At the same time, almost 1 billion people suffer from chronic food insecurity. “Something needs to change-and if nothing else, I hope this app will get people talking and thinking about the issue, and taking action to reduce food waste.”

Main features:
* Browse weekly menus
* Select number of people in household
* View shopping list, scaled for number of people in household
* Cross items off of shopping list
* E-mail shopping list
* View recipes, scaled for number of people in household

bluejava is a small, but passionate collective focused on building forward-thinking apps for web and mobile. From our social media aggregator for busy people (t4bp.com) and effortless web publishing (looseleaves.me) to our growing collection of innovative apps for iPhone, bluejava seeks to explore and advance the modern user experience.

Device Requirements:
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
* 2.6 MB

Pricing and Availability:
222 Million Tons v1.1 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Food & Drink category.

222 Million Tons 1.1
Download From iTunes

Pyxedo is run by husband-and-wife team Jean-Franois Chenier and Bonnie Lee La Madeleine, and dedicated to helping people waste less, and eat well doing it. You can find useful tips, tools and resources on their blog at 222milliontons. Copyright (C) 2012 Pyxedo. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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