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How about some takeaway without the throwaway?

Date: 15-Oct-19
Author: Liam Taylor

Hot-food vendors go through hundreds, if not thousands, of single-use containers in their operations. This reusable scheme could change that.

Hot-food vendors go through hundreds, if not thousands, of single-use containers in their operations. This reusable scheme could change that.

A popular London food market is rolling out a returnable lunchbox scheme in an attempt to reduce packaging waste.

The Tachbrook Street Market in Pimlico, Central London is being operated by a startup called CauliBox in partnership with the local Westminster Council and food vendors in the area. 

Diners pay £5 (just under $10) to subscribe to the scheme and are given their takeaway meal in a reusable lunchbox. After finishing their food, patrons take their lunchbox to a nearby drop-off point, where they are collected, cleaned and delivered back to vendors to restart the process.

“Traders told us that they wanted to stop using single-use containers,” explained a spokesperson for Westminster Council.

Within days of the scheme’s start, it was over-subscribed, with 180 people signing up and more than 50 registering their interest. So far, the scheme has saved an estimated 350 single-use boxes within the first two weeks of the scheme operating. 

The boxes are made in China from a mix of bamboo and recyclable polypropylene (a microplastic). Each can be used up to 500 times before being decommissioned.

 

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Liam                                              Taylor
Author: Liam Taylor

Liam is Planet Ark's Communications Coordinator. Prior to joining Planet Ark Liam spent his time studying global environmental issues, travelling Southeast Asia on the cheap and working for a sustainable property management company in Bali, Indonesia.



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