Deliveroo switches from plastic to biodegradable cutlery

Food delivery giant Deliveroo is promising a crackdown on plastic cutlery and a switch to eco-packaging made from sugarcane.

The company will make plastic cutlery an 'opt in' selection on orders, which is expected to cut the amount distributed by more than 50per cent.

The landmark moves are expected to dramatically reduce the amount of throwaway plastic used by restaurants offering home delivery.

And Deliveroo said the initiative, which will launch in the UK, will then be taken to the 12 other countries it operates in around the world.

Food delivery giant Deliveroo is promising a crackdown on plastic cutlery and a switch to eco-packaging made from sugarcane.

The company is offering restaurant chains which use Deliveroo drivers 50 new packaging products that are biodegradable, compostable or recyclable. Significantly, it says these packs are no more expensive than plastic.

The eco-packs include a range of BePulp burger boxes, bowls and platters made from bagasse, which is created from the dry pulpy residues left once the juice has been removed from sugarcane.

These are suitable for both cold and dry hot foods and the clear lids are made from recycled plastic.

There are also Kraft paper salad bowls, which are sustainably sourced, made from renewable resources and biodegradable.

It will also offer paper straws and boxes, as well as knives and forks which look like plastic but are made from a sugar derivative.

Deliveroo said that, at the moment, there are no practical alternatives to plastic when it comes to transporting hot liquids, but it is working on a solution with the packaging industry.

The company is offering restaurant chains which use Deliveroo drivers 50 new packaging products that are biodegradable, compostable or recyclable

The company is offering restaurant chains which use Deliveroo drivers 50 new packaging products that are biodegradable, compostable or recyclable

The company ran a trial in the UAE where the option of receiving plastic cutlery was changed to 'opt in' on the order page of its app. As a result, some 85per cent of the restaurants saw a reduction of over 50per cent in the amount sent out.

A repeat of the trial with 'The Diner' chain, which has four outlets in London, found a

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