Just Eat has started a six-week trial of compostable seaweed-based sauce sachets in the UK, as the takeaway delivery service aims to reduce the impact of takeaways on UK plastic waste levels.
The Ooho! sauce sachets are made from an alginate-based material, contain either ketchup or garlic sauce and are opened just like normal sauce sachets.
They can be thrown into the bin without creating any waste as they are fully compostable and decompose within six weeks.
Just Eat partnered with sustainable packaging startup Skipping Rocks Lab to create the sachets, which will be trialled at The Fat Pizza restaurant in Southend to assess the viability of the sachets.
The company claims that if the trial proves successful they could be rolled out across the company’s delivery network.
Graham Corfield, UK managing director of Just Eat said: “At Just Eat, we’re committed to helping reduce the impact of the takeaway industry on plastic waste levels and we’ve already taken measures to drive more environmentally-friendly behaviour among our restaurant partners and customers.
“We’re delighted to now be taking our commitment a step further through our partnership with Skipping Rocks Lab.
“The Ooho Sauce Sachets trial and the results from it, will form an important part of our ongoing work to develop innovative and credible alternatives to traditional single-use plastic packaging currently in use across the takeaway sector.”
Pierre Paslier, co-founder of Skipping Rocks Lab added: “As an innovative sustainable packaging startup, we are passionate about pioneering the use of natural materials extracted from plants and seaweed to create packaging with low environmental impact.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Just Eat to trial the use of our novel sauce sachets.
“They are 100% plant-based, naturally biodegradable and decompose within six weeks, making them a natural and sustainable alternative to single-use plastic packaging.”