Just Eat has launched a trial of seaweed-based sauce sachets that are fully compostable in a push to reduce impact of plastics in takeaway sector.
The six-week trial of the sachets, which are filled with either ketchup or garlic sauce, is now underway. They are opened in the same way as normal sachets and can be thrown into the normal bin to fully decompose within six weeks.
This trial follows on from Just Eat‘s March announcement of measures to reduce excess plastics. One of the commitments the business made was to work with key industry experts to invest in alternatives for single use plastics.
Just Eat currently works with 29,000 restaurant partners in the UK and the success of the trial will determine whether the sachets can be used more widely across its network.
The company has partnered with sustainable packaging startup, Skipping Rocks Lab, to trial the use of the sachets with restaurant partner, The Fat Pizza, in Southend.
Earlier it also trialled a pre-ticked box on its app and website to encourage customers to opt out of receiving plastics that they don’t need.
Graham Corfield, UK managing director of Just Eat, said: “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 behaviour 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.”
Many other British restaurant operators are also attempting to reduce excessive plastic use. Wagamama, City Pub Co., JD Wetherspoon and Pret A Manger have all stopped providing plastic straws automatically, with the latter two offering a biodegradable alternative.