Seaweed-based sauce sachet trials in the U.K.

Online food delivery company Just Eat works with sustainable technology startup to trial fully-compostable seaweed-based sauce sachets at one of its restaurant partners in England.

U.K. food delivery company Just Eat has launched a trial of fully-compostable seaweed-based sauce sachets.
U.K. food delivery company Just Eat has launched a trial of fully-compostable seaweed-based sauce sachets.

As part of its commitment to tackle the impact of takeaways on plastic pollution, U.K. food delivery company Just Eat has launched a trial of fully-compostable seaweed-based sauce sachets that decompose within four to six weeks.

In March 2018, Just Eat announced a package of measures to reduce excess plastics included in U.K. takeaway deliveries. One of the commitments it made was to work with key industry experts to invest in the research and development of innovative and practical alternatives for single-use plastics.

According to Just Eat, altogether, more than 11 billion plastic condiment sachets are sold globally. As part of its initiative, Just Eat has teamed up with sustainable packaging startup Skipping Rocks Lab to trial the use of its Ooho seaweed-based sauce sachets with restaurant partner The Fat Pizza, in Southend, England, for six weeks.

Says Graham Corfield, Just Eat’s U.K. Managing Director, “At Just Eat, we’re committed to helping reduce the impact of the takeaway industry on plastic waste levels, and we’ve already taken measures to drive more environmentally-friendly behavior among our restaurant partners and customers. We’re delighted to now be taking our commitment a step further through our partnership with Skipping Rocks Lab.”

Just Eat works with 29,000 restaurant partners in the U.K.; the trial will assess the feasibility of rolling out the seaweed sauce sachets more broadly across its network.

The sachets, filled with either ketchup or garlic sauce, are made from an alginate-based material. They are opened just like normal sachets and can be thrown into the home compost or the normal bin to fully decompose.

Sunny Chhina, Owner of The Fat Pizza, says, “As an independent business owner, I want to make sure I’m doing my part to help fight plastic pollution in the takeaway industry. I think the commitment Just Eat has made to reduce the impact of plastic waste is fantastic, and I am thrilled to be part of this exciting initiative by trialing the use of Ooho seaweed-based sauce sachets in my restaurant.”

Just Eat has been involved in other initiatives to reduce plastic waste in the takeaway sector. In March 2018, it stopped selling single-use plastics in its shop. It also trialed a pre-ticked box on its app and website to encourage customers to opt out of receiving plastics they didn’t need. By the end of the trial, 20% of users had requested reduced plastic in their takeaway order.

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