From Just Eat to Deliveroo, food delivery services have slowly but surely become the norm across the UK.
And if you’re planning on ordering a takeaway this weekend, your order could arrive in a seaweed-lined box.
As part of a wider drive to reduce plastic waste, Just Eat and Notpla have developed the world’s first seaweed-lined takeaway box.
Unlike most plastic takeaway boxes, the box is fully recyclable, and can decompose in just four weeks in a home compost.
While the lining is made from seaweed, the box itself is made from tree and grass pulp with no synthetic additives.
Thankfully, it’s been designed to be both water-resistant and greaseproof, and won’t affect the quality of your order.
Andrew Kenny, Just Eat UK Managing Director, said: “Over half a billion plastic boxes are used across the takeaway industry every year and we know that eventually, they end up in landfill.
“This is why, we’ve been working closely with Notpla to create an innovative alternative that is recyclable, home-compostable and which degrades in a matter of weeks.
“We’re delighted to bring this new takeaway box to trial and look forward to assessing the results with the aim to roll these boxes out across the UK and our other markets, so that customers across the globe can enjoy their favourite takeaways more sustainably.”
Just Eat will test the box with three restaurants in London – Chilli Tuk Tuk, Authentic Curry Pot and Beijing House.
According to the firm, this will stop about 3,600 plastic boxes from entering the waste stream.
This isn’t the first time that Just Eat has turned to seaweed as an alternative to plastic.
In 2018, the firm started using condiment packets made from seaweed, and is now working with Hellmann’s to roll out the sachets even further.
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