Food Delivery Apps Pledge Less Plastic

Apr 16, 2018 editor

Takeaway app Just Eat and Third party food delivery partner Deliveroo have pledged to reduce the amount of plastic used in their deliveries.

According to consumer research, 74% of customers do not use plastic cutlery, straws, or sauce sachets that come with their food order, and would prefer it if takeaways arrived without them.

The UK managing director of Just Eat, Graham Corfield, said: "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."

Deliveroo's product marketing manager, Emma Cox, said that Deliveroo was also limiting their plastic usage: "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."

Café chain Pret A Manger have also announced that they will be introducing a 10p plastic deposit scheme in April across three Brighton stores. This charge would be refunded when customers return the bottles to the store.