Amidst Singapore’s tightened measures to flatten the COVID-19 curve, Singapore’s leading food delivery platform, foodpanda, launches a collaboration with barePack to reduce single-use packaging for delivery orders in conjunction with Earth Day. In addition, foodpanda shows its support for frontline healthcare workers with the introduction of “First-Eat-Kits”.
Foodpanda and barePack Partnership
Foodpanda continues its commitment to waste reduction especially the long-term reduction of single-use plastics as part of the pandacares initiative. foodpanda has been at the forefront of pioneering sustainability measures in the industry and was the first to launch the opt-out option for single-use cutlery in December 2017 and has since saved millions of single-use plastic cutlery sets.
In 2019, a default option where orders are placed without cutlery was also introduced and responses to these initiatives have been encouraging with only 15% of customers requesting plastic cutlery now. In the face of growing demand for food delivery services, foodpanda remains committed to sustainable development and is proud to pioneer yet another industry-first with this collaboration with barePack. foodpanda recognises the huge growth potential in offering our partners and customers a sustainable solution while maintaining our uncompromising approach on offering the best-in-class experience.
In conjunction with Earth Day, foodpanda further strengthens its sustainability initiatives with a partnership with barePack to help minimise single-use plastic waste with the introduction of reusable containers at participating restaurants. In partnership with barePack, the world’s first reusable service for zero-waste reusable container subscription system, foodpanda will be rolling out the initiative in its first phase with Cafe Milligram, from 21 April 2020.
The service is available for foodpanda customers who are subscribers of barePack and choose to
pick-up orders at Cafe Miligram. While ordering on the foodpanda app, customers can use the “BAREPACK” code to request for their orders to be prepared in reusable barePack containers in place of disposable plastic ones. After their meal, customers can follow the instructions on the barePack app for dropping off the containers.
The “First-Eat-Kit”initiative which was rolled out at the end of March saw foodpanda giving back to hospital staff across APAC in the form of $18 meal vouchers. In appreciation of the dedication and sacrifice made by hospital staff at the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19, foodpanda is giving out free meals to healthcare workers in Cambodia, Hong Kong, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand.