Delivery Company Tests Reusable, Returnable Packaging

Anna Wolfe
Senior Editor, Restaurants
The ShareWares pilot is the second partnership of its kind for SkipTheDishes, following the organization's first pilot in Ontario this past June.

Canadian delivery network SkipTheDishes has launched a pilot with Vancouver-based reusable packaging company, ShareWares, as part of the organization's commitment to providing environmentally friendly packaging options.

"Through our partnership with ShareWares, we're thrilled to work with our restaurant partners who are looking to provide a greener alternative to single-use packaging," says Steve Puchala, Senior Vice President, Growth & Restaurant Success, SkipTheDishes. "This sustainable option will allow customers to enjoy their favourite dishes from local restaurants, without worrying about the waste. To thank customers for reducing their environmental impact, all ShareWares orders made during the pilot will also come with free delivery."

The pilot will first begin in the Kitsilano, Vancouver, area with participating restaurants offering reusable containers for delivery and pick-up orders. All ShareWares containers have a QR code for customers to easily locate the closest drop-off location, which ShareWares will then bring to its washing facility in Olympic Village to be thoroughly sanitized and redistributed.

Sustainability matters to today's consumers and restaurant operators. Two out of three (66%) consumers surveyed feel it’s important that restaurants are open about their practices to limit food waste. According to the National Restaurant Association’s annual What’s Hot Culinary Forecast, sustainability will continue to influence menus and how restaurants make decisions. 

Restaurants are touting their green efforts. Two Net-Zero KFC Locations opened in China. For Taco Bell, sustainability is on its list of "guiding philosophies."  Chipotle aims to reduce its carbon emissions 50% by 2030. Also leading the charge is Panera Bread, which has a goal to become climate positive by 2050.

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"The strength of Skip's technology and extensive delivery network makes them an ideal partner as we further our mission of implementing a city-wide reusable container program," said Cody Irwin, Founder and CEO, ShareWares. "We anticipate this pilot will be a great success and look forward to the expansion of our offering in more restaurants and neighborhoods in the new year."

The ShareWares pilot is the second partnership of its kind for SkipTheDishes, following the organization's first pilot in Ontario this past June with Guelph-based reusable packaging company, Friendlier. Through this partnership, customers in Guelph, Elora, Fergus and Kitchener have the option to return their reusable takeout packaging to a participating restaurant to be recycled. Within the first three weeks, a total of 14,210 grams of waste and 49,000 grams of CO2 was diverted, and to date, more than 2,400 containers have been reused, with 141 kilograms of plastic waste saved.

Reducing single-use plastic pollution across Canada remains a key priority for SkipTheDishes. By establishing partnerships with innovative start-ups such as ShareWares and Friendlier, it is committed to supporting its network of restaurant owners to provide customers with a more sustainable takeout experience.

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