Do you really need those extra plastic forks for the Chinese takeaway you’re going to eat two metres from your cutlery drawer?
No, you probably don’t. But because all those little extras are typically included in food delivery options just in case you need them, you don’t usually have a choice in getting a whole load of plastic to tip in the recycling bin.
Just Eat wants to make that choice a little more conscious.
The food delivery site has announced that from 1 April, they’ll be trialling a pre-ticked box on its app and website to encourage customers to opt out of extra single-use plastic items including plastic cutlery, straws, and sauce sachets.
If you leave the box ticked, your food will still arrive in plastic tubs (for now, anyway. Just Eat also say they’re working on alternative packaging options), but you won’t get all those extras that’ll just end up in the bin.
You can always re-use those plastic tubs, anyway. They make great sandwich containers.
Along with encouraging customers to not receive unneeded plastic items, Just Eat will be tackling the plastic issue at the restaurants, too.
The company has a store that supplies some of its restaurants with plastic supplies – last year it sold restaurants 1.4million single-use plastic items. Just Eat will no longer sell those single-use plastic items to its partner restaurants. Hooray.
Just Eat will continue to work on creating more sustainable packaging items, such as edible sauce sachets made out of seaweed. These sachets will decompose within six weeks, so you can still ask for ketchup without wrecking the environment.
Graham Corfield, UK Managing Director of Just Eat, said: ‘Many of the plastics polluting our oceans are by-products of food and drink consumption.
‘As the market leader in online food delivery, we are using our influence to drive more environmentally-friendly behaviour among our restaurant partners and customers.’
Here’s hoping other takeaway giants follow suit.