Prior to COVID-19, zero-waste take-out was already challenging. The pandemic made it even harder, with restrictions on the use of personal mugs, take-out boxes and more for sanitation reasons. However, one company is beating the odds and helping local restaurants transform their practices towards circular systems. Today, we are sharing the story of A Friendlier Company, whose vision is to create a centralized, circular system across Canada.
By shifting away from the traditional, linear 'take, make, dispose' based model, to a reuse model, we can reduce waste, resource consumption, and GHG emissions.
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How it works
On the customer side, they pay a small deposit when they collect their food. When they return the container, they scan their container’s QR code or enter the code manually to connect to the mobile app to be issued a refund Bonus: containers can be returned to any location with a collection bin! Give it a go with their virtual practice (scroll halfway down the page, under the How it Works header).
Their goal is to reach 10,000 containers. They are more than halfway to this goal already – 6,810 of their containers have been used in local stores. In Kitchener-Waterloo, their containers are currently available at Café Pyrus, Seven Shores, Those Pizza Guys, The Three, The Crazy Canuck and Top Market Family Farms – more to come soon!
To learn more about A Friendlier Company, visit their website. If you know a restaurant or food service you would like to see shift towards a circular system, share A Friendlier Company’s story with them! For those concerned about COVID-19, read about their rigorous sanitation practices to keep you and your food safe.
If you have questions for Kayli and Jacquie, reach out through their virtual contact form or email them. If you live outside of their current program area, you can also request their containers be introduced to your city. Be sure to follow them on Instagram (@afriendliercompany) to stay updated as they add more food service businesses to their program.