[UK] As part of a major drive to reduce excess plastic in UK takeaway food deliveries, Just Eat is developing condiment sachets made from seaweed.
The takeaway firm has decided to limit its plastic use, following recent research which found that three quarters of takeaway-eaters don’t need items such as plastic cutlery, straws and sauce sachets in their food delivery order, and would prefer their takeaway to arrive without them.
Working with 28,000 independent restaurants in the UK, Just Eat is taking several plastic-reducing measures.
The firm is investing in the research and development of innovative and practical alternatives for single use plastics, as well as using route optimization software to make sure their drivers aren’t on the road longer than necessary in a bid to reduce their emissions.
The first initiative will be a partnership with Skipping Rocks Lab to trial the introduction of seaweed-based sauce sachets to restaurant partners, which are not only edible but also decompose within six weeks.
Just Eat will also stop selling all single-use plastic items in its shop from today.
Graham Corfield, UK Managing Director of Just Eat, said: “Many of the plastics polluting our oceans are by-products of food and drink consumption. Which is why other restaurant suppliers such as Nella Cutlery and many others are also looking to cut down on their waste and produce other products using sustainable materials, so they’re able to try and combat waste that is polluting our Earth.
“As the market leader in online food delivery, we are using our influence to drive more environmentally-friendly behaviour among our restaurant partners and customers.
“In the short term, that means helping our customers opt-out of excess plastics and completely halting the sale of single-use plastics from our restaurant partner shop.
“In the medium term, it means educating our 28,000 restaurant partners to reduce their plastic usage.
“And in the long term, it means funding the research and development which will create more sustainable packaging that keeps food hot and fresh.
“This is just the first step and we look forward to working with our partners and suppliers to support innovation in the sector.”
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