Just Eat has recently launched a test-run of their sauce sachets that are seaweed-based. The sachets are said to be fully compostable and it comes in an attempt to reduce the effect of plastics in the takeaway sector.
The test-run is set to be conducted for a period of six weeks and is now underway. The sachets will be filled with either garlic sauce or ketchup. They are said to be opened in the same way as normal sachets and it can be thrown into the normal bin to fully decompose within the six-week period.
The said trial comes after the March announcement of Just Eat regarding the company’s measures to decrease the number of excess plastics. One of the commitments that the business made was to work with principal industry experts to invest in the alternatives for single-use plastics.
Currently, Just Eat is working with 29,000 restaurant partners in the United Kingdom and the success of the test-run will determine whether the sachets may be utilised more widely across its network.
The firm has partnered with Skipping Rocks Lab, a sustainable packaging startup, to test the use of the sachets with The Fat Pizza, a restaurant partner that is located in Southend.
Earlier, the company also tested a pre-ticked box on its website and app to encourage its customers to opt out of receiving plastics that they do not need.
The UK managing director of Just Eat, Graham Corfield, stated: “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.”
Other restaurant operators in the United Kingdom are also trying to reduce the excessive use of plastics. City Pub Co., Wagamama, Pret A Manger, and JD Wetherspoon have all stopped giving plastic straws automatically, with the latter two trying a biodegradable alternative.