GrabFood, the food delivery arm of Singaporean cab-hailing app firm Grab, has just partnered with barePack to begin using reusable food packaging for its deliveries. Starting this week, customers on the platform will be able to choose to use barePack’s reusable containers for their orders at more than 80 participating restaurants island-wide. The initiative brings the food delivery company in line with their local competitors Foodpanda and Deliveroo, who have both teamed up with barePack in response to consumer pressure.
In collaboration with circular food packaging startup barePack, GrabFood will now be offering its customers zero-waste food deliveries. More than 80 restaurants on the platform have participated in the initiative, with a new “reusable” filter option now added to the GrabFood platform to make it easier for customers to ditch disposables. Among the restaurants joining the scheme include Spizza, Teppei Syokudo, SaladStop! and Real Food.
We believe this partnership will move us forward on a long-term sustainability journey through small steps that our consumers and merchant-partners can take every day.Dilip Roussenaly, Senior Director of Deliveries, Grab Singapore
Once ordered, customers will receive their meals in barePack’s silicone FlexBox or stainless steel KindCup, which can then be returned to any of the over 120 participating restaurants within the startup’s city-wide network, before it is professionally cleaned, sanitised and reused. Users can also ask for a home-collection service on barePack’s mobile app once they have collected at least five containers to return.
Not only does this circular food delivery system help to tackle Singapore’s mounting waste crisis by cutting through single-use containers, it also helps to slash as much as 90% of the carbon footprint compared to commonly-used versions made from petroleum-based plastics.
GrabFood’s move comes after rival food delivery platforms Deliveroo and FoodPanda both launched a reusable scheme with barePack earlier on this year. All three platforms represent the biggest food delivery firms operating in Singapore, demonstrating the strong consumer demand from companies to introduce more sustainable solutions – particularly amidst the boom in home deliveries amidst the coronavirus crisis.
Having one of Asia’s most popular and sought-after lifestyle apps to join us is an exciting milestone, confirming we are on the right path to provide convenient reusables for consumers.Roxane Uzureau, Co-Founder, barePack
“As one of the most widely used apps in Singapore, we believe this partnership will move us forward on a long-term sustainability journey through small steps that our consumers and merchant-partners can take every day,” said Dilip Roussenaly, senior director of deliveries at Grab Singapore.
“Creating convenience to our members is our top priority,” added barePack co-founder Roxane Uzureau. “Working with Grab brings more delivery options for barePack members to choose from. Having one of Asia’s most popular and sought-after lifestyle apps to join us is an exciting milestone, confirming we are on the right path to provide convenient reusables for consumers, easy-to-integrate packaging solutions for restaurants, chains, delivery platforms and most importantly for the environment. We’re very excited about what this signals about reusables for food delivery.”
All images courtesy of barePack / Grab.