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Just Eat aims to reduce plastic waste


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Delivery giant Just Eat has announced a new agenda to reduce the impact that the takeaway food industry has on the amount of plastic wasted each year in the UK.


The UK’s leading online food delivery service has said it will stop selling all single-use plastic items from its partner shop as of today (1st March). In 2017, Just Eat’s store sold over one million plastic packaging products to restaurants.

The report comes after research by One Poll revealed that 74% of takeaway-eaters said they did not need the plastic items such as cutlery, straws and sauce sachets that regularly arrived with their meals. 49% of those surveyed said they would be more inclined to order from a restaurant if they knew they wouldn’t receive the plastic items.

The announcement states that Just Eat will also work alongside Skipping Rocks Lab to trial sauce sachets made from seaweed which can be eaten and can decompose rapidly within six weeks. They are also keen to trial a tick-box on their website which customers will have to deselect in order to receive plastic items such as cutlery, straws and sauce sachets along with their food order.

Just Eat will also work with the Sustainable Restaurant Association to create and distribute resources to aid restaurants and customers in reducing their plastic waste.

Just Eat’s UK Managing Director, Graham Corfield explained:

“Many of the plastics polluting our oceans are by-products of food and drink consumption. 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.”

Want to make your mobile food business more sustainable?

NCASS has developed a training course alongside the Sustainable Restaurant Association to teach traders how to implement more sustainable practices into their business models.

Check it out here.



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