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Deliveroo urges restaurants to adopt sustainable packaging with HK$2m subsidy scheme

Users will later find a tag that signifies which restaurants have opted into the scheme.

Deliveroo in Hong Kong has launched a HK$2 million subsidy scheme, aiming to encourage restaurant partners to adopt sustainable packaging.

The delivery platform partnered with Sustainabl., which supplies “plastic-free, responsibly sourced home compostable and/or recyclable packaging solutions,” it said.

Deliveroo users will later find a tag that signifies which restaurants have opted into the scheme.

The HK$2 million pledge is the first-ever initiative to be funded by Deliveroo’s Global Community Fund in Hong Kong. Restaurant chains are set to receive a 30% discount, whilst independent and small F&B operators will be afforded a discount of up to 50% for the first six months of the programme.

“We hope that our eco-minded steps can benefit our restaurant partners as they help create a greener future with us, and by extension, offer the same to their customers. With that said, we understand that integrating sustainable practices will come with new operational costs for our restaurant partners, especially that they are just suffering from the impact of the pandemic. That’s why we are here to provide solutions and financial support, as we leverage our community fund,” Deliveroo Hong Kong general manager Andrew Hui said.

Sustainbl. claims to its products are sourced responsibly from renewable materials, such as packaging that is made from ‘bagasse’ pulp, a natural by-product of sugarcane and wheat industries and a full range of FSC-certified bamboo and recycled paper products.

“At Sustainabl., our vision is to enable businesses and families to access “truly’ sustainable packaging products that do not damage the environment. We have created cost-effective, functional solutions to enable F&B vendors and other businesses to stop using single-use plastics and reduce unnecessary waste and their carbon footprint,” Sustainbl. CEO Richard Oliver said.

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