Skipping Rocks Lab, an Imperial spinout and Imperial White City Incubator company, has entered a trial with Just Eat, the online food ordering service, to trial the use of its Ooho! compostable packaging as condiment sachets in an effort to reduce the impact of plastic waste.
The trial will last for six weeks, with the Ooho! sachets being used to distribute sauces from Just Eat's restaurant partner, The Fat Pizza, in Southend. The trial will test the feasibility of rolling out the seaweed sauce sachets more broadly across Jus Eat's network of 29,000 restaurants. Altogether, over 11 billion plastic condiment sachets are sold globally.
The sachets, which are filled with either ketchup or garlic sauce, are made from an alginate based material. They are opened just like normal sachets and can be thrown into the home compost, or otherwise the normal bin, to fully decompose. The collaboration comes as part of Just Eat's package of measures to reduce excess plastics included in UK takeaway deliveries.
Pierre Paslier, Co-Founder, Skipping Rocks Lab, said:
“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.”
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.”