BOTTO – Food I don't throw away

The IoT device to fight food waste

EU Project Horizon 2020
Circular Economy
Città di Milano, OpenDot

BOTTO is a product-service that fights food waste within SO.GE.M.I's vegetable market by facilitating the communication flow between wholesalers and the RECUP association, for the recovery of surplus fruit and vegetables to be donated to the Italian Red Cross.

This is an IoT technology device similar to a remote control designed to provide wholesalers and local producers with a quick and easy way to communicate to RECUP what and how much of their waste can become a donation by pressing a button. 

BOTTO sends the message to the ReflowOS digital platform monitored by a Telegram bot, which alerts RECUP of the new donation and allows the selected goods to be redistributed to the Italian Red Cross. This is done in less than half an hour, and with process precise and constant monitoring. The ReflowOS platform is based on blockchain, which allows the donated product’s supply chain to be digitally traced and certified.

The process

Complex issues such as food waste in urban marketplaces, need to be answered with simple and innovative solutions, which use the contribution of players involved from the project’s early stages, and includes the correct framing of the issue and co-creation of the final solution.

Within six months, OpenDot interviewed the Municipality of Milan, SO.GE.M.I, vegetable market wholesalers, Recup and the Italian Red Cross volunteers, analysed processes and conducted participative sessions to design, develop and test a solution to enable a virtuous process using a simple, fast and intuitive service.

Reflow, the European project on circular economy and regenerative cities

BOTTO was designed and developed by OpenDot as part of Reflow, the European Horizon 2020 project to change urban material flows using circular regenerative solutions in synergy with companies, politics and citizens. 

OpenDot and its Milan partners made Milan more sustainable by analysing and acting on food waste in urban and peri-urban areas. 

The other 27 European partners worked on different thematic pilots to make cities more circular, and included: Amsterdam on textile waste, Berlin on the recovery of wastewater in heating systems, Paris on the reuse of materials used during trade fairs and fashion shows, Vejle in Denmark on the issue of plastics, and Cluj-Napoca in Romania on urban energy monitoring.

Process results, tools used, and solutions developed can be found on the Reflow website:

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