Food delivery services were already doing well before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, but as restaurants closed and the government urged us all to stay at home, our taste for a takeaway brought to our door skyrocketed. Delivery service Deliveroo announced it had handled more than double the number of orders in the first half of 2021 as it did in the corresponding period in 2020. But, with more food delivery there often comes more waste. Traditionally, many takeaway vendors made do with plastic tubs for transporting their wares. As we become ever more aware of our responsibilities regarding sustainability, this just will not wash with consumers any more. Across the world, 85% of consumers say they have shopped more responsibly in the last five years, in terms of environmental consciousness. Indeed, a third of customers say they would pay more for a product if it had green credentials. As we learn more about the plastic in the ocean and the rise in the global temperature, this will only increase. So, as a retailer, it is in your interest to increase the sustainability of your food delivery and many people will not mind you covering any costs that it might entail. Here is some advice on going green.

Tips For Being More Sustainable With Food Delivery

● Leave out the menus
Have you noticed how many food deliveries include a physical copy of the company’s menu? Clearly we have been able to discover what you have on sale and ordered it – ee don’t need your menu now! Many of them are made from paper that isn’t recyclable too, meaning it is useless waste.

Save your marketing for people who don’t know about your business, and save a few trees at least by not preaching to the converted in unsustainable form.

● Hold the condiments
Remember that your customers are at home, so they may well have access to items such as ketchup and mayonnaise already. If you place sachets of condiments in the bag as standard, a good number of them will go to waste. Better to ask them if they want them on the phone or provide a space on your online order form where they opt-in. This saves you money and stops the waste of precious resources.

● Think about cutlery
Similarly, they might not need cutlery, so you might want to ask them about that too. If they do want cutlery, avoid the non-recyclable plastic knives, forks and spoons of old. We stock a wide range of wooden cutlery that is biodegradable and recyclable. This means that you don’t have to worry about the plastic waste that you generate from cutlery.

● The food tray issue
Of course, the elephant in the room is the food tray. They item that carries the main event. Let’s think differently. Yes, the non-recyclable plastic carton has always been a mainstay of UK food delivery culture, but this has to stop.

We stock a massive range of food trays and boxes. Each is either recyclable, compostable, biodegradable or a combination of the three. We have burger boxes with vents to prevent hot food going soggy, as well as sustainable hot dog trays, fish and chip trays and more.

If you want to make your food delivery option more sustainable, talk to us today. We can help equip you with products that will get your food to your customers in great condition and without costing the earth.