As part of its commitment to tackling the impact of takeaways on plastic pollution, Just Eat has launched a trial of Ooho! seaweed-based sauce sachets that are fully compostable, decomposing within six weeks. In March, the company announced a package of measures to reduce excess plastics included in UK takeaway deliveries. One of the commitments was to work with key industry experts to invest in the research and development of innovative and practical alternatives for single-use plastics.
Altogether, over 11bn plastic condiment sachets are sold globally. As part of its initiative to find alternatives to single use plastic packaging, Just Eat has teamed up with sustainable packaging start-up, Skipping Rocks Lab, to trial the use of seaweed based sauce sachets with its restaurant partner, The Fat Pizza in Southend.
The sachets, which are filled with either ketchup or garlic sauce, are made from an alginate-based material. They are opened just like normal sachets and can be thrown into the home compost, or otherwise the normal bin, to fully decompose.
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. The Ooho Sauce Sachets trial, and the results from it, will form an important part of our ongoing work to develop innovative and credible alternatives to traditional single-use plastic packaging currently in use across the takeaway sector.”