Deliveroo injects £2.5M into subsidies for recyclable and compostable foodservice packaging
02 Nov 2022 --- British online food service company Deliveroo has announced a £2.5 million (US$2.8 million) investment to subsidize the cost of more environmentally sustainable packaging and to encourage restaurant partners to move away from more polluting options.
The investment could save around 403 tons of plastic being used annually – the equivalent of around 25 trucks worth of packaging waste, according to the company.
The subsidy will initially be made available to 45,000 small-medium sized Deliveroo restaurant partners across the UK and will provide Deliveroo partners with a 50% subsidy on the cost of “environmentally friendly” packaging.
“Sustainable food packaging is really important to Deliveroo and this multi-million pound investment will play a crucial role in helping our partners make greener choices,” says Paul Bedford, director of policy & sustainability at Deliveroo.
“By subsidizing greener packaging, we’re underlining our commitment to reimagining packaging, reducing waste, and lowering our carbon footprint.”
Compostable and recyclable
Deliveroo defines “sustainable packaging” as any item that is home-compostable or made from recyclable paper, cardboard or recycled plastic. For products where an easily recyclable or compostable alternative does not yet exist, Deliveroo has vowed to explore alternative options to reduce environmental harms.
In addition to the new investment, Deliveroo’s packaging supplier will offset 1,500 tons of CO2 emissions – the equivalent of the annual emissions for over 300 standard cars, it says.
Following the success of similar Deliveroo initiatives in Hong Kong, the latest scheme will also be launched in France, Italy and Belgium in the coming weeks to help small-medium Deliveroo restaurant partners.
Eligible restaurants will be emailed a unique voucher code to be used on the Deliveroo packaging store website, with unused codes redistributed to new Restaurant Partners. The subsidy will initially be made available to small-medium-sized enterprises with the highest sales, and therefore highest packaging footprint, over the past 12 months.
“When we first started our sustainability journey, our requirements were unique; environmentally friendly packaging which transports a taco to a customer's door securely. The Deliveroo team took on the challenge with open arms and delivered the right packaging for us, one that now most Mexican takeaway places use,” says Ismael Munoz, Deliveroo’s operations lead.
Fighting foodservice poison
PackagingInsights recently reported on the numerous industry and political efforts to eradicate harmful toxic chemicals from foodservice packaging.
As legislation against plastics increases globally, a shift toward fiber-based materials has also raised the usage of chemicals like PFAS, which act as grease-proof barriers for cardboard or paper packaging.
These chemicals have been linked to cancer, fertility damage and hormone disruption. Efforts to diminish their use in the EU were recently postponed by the European Commission due to political and economic instability caused by the Ukraine war.
Edited by Louis Gore-Langton
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