Deliveroo and JustEat to cut down on takeaway plastics

By Laura Mullan
The food delivery sector has taken up the war against plastic, with competitors Deliveroo and JustEat vowing to cut down the amount of plastic packaging...

The food delivery sector has taken up the war against plastic, with competitors Deliveroo and JustEat vowing to cut down the amount of plastic packaging that is used by its customers. 

Deliveroo has said that it intends to lead by example, persuading manufacturers to produce more alternatives to plastic. 

It will also use its purchasing power to buy eco-packaging that it will provide restaurants

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Speaking of the initiative, Deliveroo’s product marketing manager, Emma Cox, said: It’s going to involve everyone in the food industry coming together to do this and also customers playing their part.
 
“We’ve been sitting down with our restaurant partners and manufacturers to identify where there are gaps and where we need to find better plastic alternatives.”

Meanwhile, major rival Just Eat has said that it will stop selling-use plastic items in its shop.

“Many of the plastics polluting our oceans are by-products of food and drink consumption,” Just Eat managing director Graham Corfield said.
“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.”
Both Deliveroo and JustEat have also revealed that customers will also be given the option to opt-in or opt-out if they want disposable cutlery. 

Plastic makes up around 95% of the rubbish that is found in oceans and so this initiative aims to cut out unnecessary single-use plastics from food delivery orders. 
 

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