Business in Brief – 10/09/21

Just Eat trials reusable packaging service to cut plastic use

Just Eat yesterday (9 September) unveiled its partnership with reusable packaging service CLUBZERO, which will see the online takeaway platform trial reusable food boxes.

Takeaway food in a clubzero box
Image: Just Eat
As part of the trial, customers will have a choice to opt-in for reusable packaging when placing an order with a participating restaurant through the Just Eat platform. They will then arrange for packaging to be collected through the CLUBZERO app, or will be able to drop the items off at designated CLUBZERO drop off points. The trial will be piloted by six Just Eat restaurant partners across London, over a period of three months.

It is estimated that 500 million plastics takeaway boxes are used across the UK takeaway industry every year, and, even if these boxes are reused multiple times, they often end up in landfill. The boxes used as part of the trial, Just Eat says, use up to 50 per cent less CO2 than plastic-coated boxes, and are fully recyclable.

The new partnership aims to explore how best the service will work for reusable food boxes in the food delivery sector and will assess the feasibility of rolling it out more widely across the Just Eat network.

Robin Clark, Senior Director of Global Partnerships and Sustainability at Just Eat, said: “Building a more sustainable future for the food delivery industry is extremely important to us. We want to use our reach to support our network to adopt more environmentally-friendly products and practices.

“We’ve already taken a number of positive steps to drive this change, from pioneering the use of seaweed sauce sachets and boxes to increasing the number of electric vehicles we use in food delivery.

“We’re excited to expand our work in this space by launching a new partnership with CLUBZERO to test a reusable packaging service in the UK. This trial will help us assess how best to roll the service out more widely so that with the support of both customers and restaurant partners, we can continue to tackle plastic pollution across the sector.”

SUEZ recycling and recovery UK joins the Better Business Act coalition

SUEZ has joined hundreds of businesses in aligning with the Better Business Act, which calls for legislative solutions to ensure companies deliver a ‘cleaner, greener, fairer future.’

The initiative aims to amend Section 172 of The Companies Act in order to ensure that company directors are held responsible for advancing the interests of wider society and the environment alongside those of shareholders.

SUEZ states that it is encouraged by the fact that the Better Business Act is a business-led campaign, driven by leaders who recognise that ‘the law has fallen behind business culture and who have proven that this approach to business works for everyone.’

It also states that the act is ‘a unique opportunity’ to demonstrate UK leadership on the global stage – the recycling company hopes that the scheme will create a competitive advantage, drive innovation, accelerate progress to net zero, and align with the government’s ambition to ‘build back better’ post-pandemic.

Mondi wins three Austrian Green Packaging Star Awards for sustainable packaging

Mondi has recently won three awards for sustainable packaging at the Austrian Green Packaging Star Awards. The annual awards event recognises environmentally-friendly packaging and recycling solutions, as well as packaging-related improvements in operational processes in production, logistics and distribution.

The packaging and paper company won awards for its EcoVantage paper for Tesco shopping bags, WalletPack Recyclable for German deli meats, and its Functional Barrier Paper, which substitutes plastic packaging.

Collaborating with Tesco, Mondi recycles the retailer’s existing corrugated packaging waste and transforms it into EcoVantage paper, producing shopping bags that are used by customers of Tesco Central Europe.

Through its partnership with meat producer Bell Germany, the company creates packaging for the ‘Abraham’ range of sliced deli meats. WalletPack recyclable, verified by the German institute cyclos-HTP as 93 per cent recyclable, uses folds to keep contents fresh and easily accessible, requiring 37 per cent less material to be produced. The packaging has saved 35 tonnes of plastic waste per year for Bell Germany.

Mondi’s Functional Barrier Paper aims to transform packaging for a range of products where paper is not considered as a usable alternative. Acting as a replacement for plastic laminates, the barrier papers can be used for dry food, frozen food, secondary packaging, and flow pack applications. Fully recyclable in most existing paper streams, they protect against grease and water vapour and can run on existing form-fill-and-seal (FFS) lines.

Peter Orisich, CEO of Mondi’s Flexible Packaging and Engineered Materials division, said:  “We are committed to taking action on climate and creating circular driven solutions. With our action plan, MAP2030, we have set out our ambitious sustainability commitments and targets for the next ten years. We are delighted that these products have been recognised by the Kompack Green Packaging Star awards for their sustainability credentials.”