Online food order and delivery service Just Eat has commenced a trial of seaweed-based biodegradable and compostable sauce sachets, as part of its efforts to reduce plastic usage in the UK takeaway space.

Developed in partnership with sustainable packaging development firm Skipping Rocks Lab, the Ooho! compostable sauce sachets are designed to decompose within six weeks.

In March this year, Just Eat committed to curb unwanted plastics used in UK takeaway deliveries and unveiled measures, including partnering with experts to invest in the research and development of innovative alternatives for disposable plastics.

“We’re committed to helping reduce the impact of the takeaway industry on plastic waste levels .”

Just Eat UK managing director Graham Corfield 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.

“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.”

The seaweed-based sauce sachets, which are filled with either ketchup or garlic sauce, will be trialled at Just Eat’s restaurant partner, The Fat Pizza, in Southend for a period of six weeks.

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Through the trial, the company intends to assess the feasibility of expanding the use of the compostable sauce sachets across its network of 29,000 restaurant partners in the UK.

The sachets are made using alginate-based material and can be thrown into the home compost, or the normal bin, to fully decompose.