Just Eat launches SEAWEED compostable food packaging at the Women’s EURO final

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With England in the Women’s EURO 2022 final this weekend, eager fans will flock to Wembley Stadium to see if the Lionesses can lift the trophy.

Whether it’s a delicious burger or a hearty helping of chicken and chips, many fans will be feasting on fast food during the game – and their meals will arrive in seaweed-lined food boxes.

Just Eat and UEFA are launching game-changing biodegradable food packaging at the Women’s EURO final, as part of their fight against plastic pollution.

“Using our global sponsorship partnership with UEFA is an ideal way to showcase this sustainable packaging initiative within the football industry, giving Just Eat the opportunity to pilot and test new innovations with football fans,” said Jaz Rabadia, responsible business and sustainability manager at Just Eat Takeaway.com.

“We are committed to using our scale and our influence to create a more sustainable future for the food delivery industry and we are thrilled to see that come to life at such an important sporting event.”

Just Eat and UEFA launch revolutionary biodegradable packaging at the Women’s EURO final, as part of their fight against plastic pollution

With England in the Women's EURO 2022 final this weekend, eager fans will flock to Wembley Stadium to see if the Lionesses can lift the trophy

With England in the Women’s EURO 2022 final this weekend, eager fans will flock to Wembley Stadium to see if the Lionesses can lift the trophy

Just Eat seaweed cans

The boxes are fully recyclable and can decompose in four weeks in home compost, according to Notpla.

“A typical take-out box has synthetic additives added directly into the pulp, making it impossible to break down,” explains Notpla’s website.

“During the composting process, we can observe that while the panel degrades, the coating itself remains completely unchanged.”

While you might worry that a seaweed-lined box might be pretty airtight, Notpla reassures that this is not the case.

He added: “By pioneering the use of seaweed, we have created a coating that is both grease and water resistant, while being naturally biodegradable and home compostable.”

According to the UK government, mass sporting events can generate up to 750,000 plastic bottles and seven tonnes of waste.

To reduce this waste, Just Eat worked with Notpla to develop seaweed-lined eco-friendly take-out boxes.

They are fully recyclable and can decompose in four weeks in home compost, according to Notpla.

“A typical take-out box has synthetic additives added directly into the pulp, making it impossible to break down,” explains Notpla’s website.

“During the composting process, we can observe that while the panel degrades, the coating itself remains completely unchanged.”

While you might worry that a seaweed-lined box might be pretty airtight, Notpla reassures that this is not the case.

He added: “By pioneering the use of seaweed, we have created a coating that is both grease and water resistant, while being naturally biodegradable and home compostable.”

Just Eat and UEFA are also working with Wembley Stadium’s resource management partner, Veolia, on the trial to ensure the sustainable packaging will be separated from other waste and recycled for processing in an anaerobic digestion plant.

This plant processes food waste and other organic materials to generate enough renewable electricity to power approximately 6,500 homes per year.

The boxes are fully recyclable and can decompose in four weeks in home compost, according to Notpla

The boxes are fully recyclable and can decompose in four weeks in home compost, according to Notpla

Michele Uva, Director of Football and Social Responsibility at UEFA, said: “The circular economy is an important pillar of UEFA’s 2030 Football Sustainability Strategy.

“Working with Just Eat to assess aspects of a food and drink circularity pilot at the world’s biggest women’s domestic competition game is an important step in UEFA’s efforts to minimize the impact of football. on the environment and promote resource efficiency and cost savings.

“Drawing on best practice from Just Eat and other stakeholders, we are developing a practical guide to help us achieve zero plastic waste and food waste – within UEFA, at UEFA events and together in European football.”

The trial at Wembley comes shortly after Just Eat tested Notpla’s seaweed-covered take-out boxes with 11 partner restaurants across the UK, including Freddy’s Chicken & Pizza in Liverpool and Mario Pizza in Manchester.

Robin Clark, Senior Director of Global Partnerships and Sustainability at Just Eat, said: “We are delighted to continue our work with Notpla to create a credible alternative to the plastic box that is recyclable, home compostable and degrades in minutes. weeks. .

“It has all the benefits of plastic from a practical point of view, but none of the negative impacts on the environment.

“We look forward to extending the use of the boxes more widely with the aim of rolling them out in the UK and our other markets, so that customers around the world can enjoy their favorite takeaway meals without plastic waste.”

HOW MUCH RECYCLING ENDS UP IN THE LANDFILL?

Millions of us drop a plastic bottle or cardboard container in the recycling bin every day – and we feel like we’re doing our part for the environment.

But what we may not realize is that most plastics are never recycled at all, often ending up in landfills or incineration deposits.

Of the 30 billion plastic bottles used by UK households each year, only 57% are currently recycled, with half going to landfill and the other half thrown away.

Most plastics are never recycled at all, often ending up in landfills or incineration deposits.  Supermarkets are chock-full of plastic, so I did my weekly shopping at a farmers' market - something that might seem old-fashioned to millennials

Most plastics are never recycled at all, often ending up in landfills or incineration deposits. About 700,000 plastic bottles a day end up as waste

About 700,000 plastic bottles a day end up as waste.

This is largely due to the plastic packaging of the bottles which are not recyclable.

Every year, the UK throws away 2.5 billion paper cups, or 5,000 cups per minute.

Surprisingly, less than 0.4% of them are recycled.

Most cups are made from cardboard with a thin layer of plastic.

This previously caused recycling issues, but can now be removed.

Five specialist recycling plants in the UK have the capacity to recycle all cups used on our high streets.

Ensuring that paper cups end up in these factories and aren’t disposed of incorrectly is one of the biggest issues facing paper container recycling.

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