Deliveroo dishes out ‘opt-in’ underline for cosmetic cutlery in Singapore

SINGAPORE: Don’t need any disposable cutlery? You can now check that choice when we make a food sequence on Deliveroo. 

To symbol World Environment Day on Tuesday (Jun 5), a British food smoothness use has rolled out an “opt-in for cutlery” underline in Singapore, permitting business to contend no to cosmetic forks and spoons when they make orders on a app and website. 

It will also plate out 100,000 straws finished from corn starch to a grill partners for giveaway on a first-come-first-served basis, as partial of a devise to glow adult a use of non-plastic wrapping options for takeaway deliveries. 

“As a company, we are dynamic to assistance minister to efforts to revoke a volume of cosmetic we all use in multitude and broach real, discernible changes that will assistance a environment,” pronounced Deliveroo’s Singapore ubiquitous manager Sid Shanker.

At a moment, each sequence around Deliveroo comes with cosmetic cutlery granted by a restaurants. The association pronounced it has perceived feedback from business “asking (it) to do more” to revoke cosmetic packaging. 

“We are unwavering of a environmental cost that comes with convenience, and we wish to broach food in a best approach probable while shortening a impact on a environment,” it told Channel NewsAsia. 

Citing a hearing finished in a United Arab Emirates, all of a restaurants concerned used fewer cutlery, with 85 per cent observant a rebate of some-more than half. Similarly in a United Kingdom where a “opt-in” underline went live in February, 91 per cent of dishes are now delivered but disposable cutlery. 

With a underline extended to 9 other markets including Singapore, Deliveroo pronounced a rebate in cosmetic wrapping will be “significant”.

The food smoothness association also told Channel NewsAsia that it will be procuring compostable celebration straws from Bali-based amicable craving Avani Eco. These non-plastic alternatives, done from polylactic poison or some-more ordinarily famous as corn starch, “give off nothing of a poisonous chemicals compared with required plastic”, it added.

By providing 100,000 of these straws for giveaway as partial of a launch, Deliveroo hopes to drive restaurants towards tolerable practices as it aims to make some-more eco-friendly wrapping options accessible in all markets by a finish of a year.

For this, it will be operative with manufacturers to rise “first-of-its kind tolerable wrapping ideal for food delivery” and will have them “competitively labelled opposite normal cosmetic options” to inspire restaurants to make a switch. 


A identical beginning permitting consumers to opt out of disposable cutlery is also accessible on foodpanda.

Since a roll-out in January, some-more than 100,000 plastic-free orders have been finished in Singapore and a food smoothness organisation estimates that it could save adult to over a million sets of cutleries by a finish of 2018.

The success in Singapore has also stirred a association to hurl out a underline in other Asia-Pacific markets, such as Hong Kong and Thailand. 

“We will be stability in a sustainability goal and are now exploring entirely biodegradable wrapping to hurl out globally,” pronounced Mr Luc Andreani, handling executive of foodpanda in Singapore. 

The Singapore Environment Council (SEC) pronounced it welcomes any initiatives by companies to revoke a extreme use of single-use plastic.

While food smoothness services are not only to blame, SEC’s executive executive Jen Teo pronounced a bustling lifestyle and a straightforwardly accessible takeaway food choices have total to boost a volume of food wrapping rubbish generated by Singaporeans. 

The SEC has also celebrated a change divided from paper wrapping towards cosmetic containers and bags.

Even as it applauded a pierce and concurred that companies can do more, Ms Teo stressed that people also have a shortcoming to proactively revoke waste. 

“Each of us can make daily choices to assistance minimise food wrapping waste,” she said. “For example, we can decrease to take disposable cutlery and straws if we are carrying a dish during home or in a office. Or we can move a possess reusable cups and cutlery when dining out.”

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