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Support Reusabowl - Takeaway without waste
By Sarah Booher
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Support Reusabowl Takeaway Without Waste
Project 2019-07-24 21:46:07 +1200
Why we're here
What is Reusabowl?
Reusabowl is a reusable takeaway container service.
No need to remember your own container.
Now you’ll always have a waste-free option at the checkout.
How it works
Imagine you're ordering from your favourite takeaway shop. Instead of getting your meal in a throw-away container, now you can choose to borrow a reusable one.
Eat and enjoy. Next time you’re out and about, simply return the container to any partner retailer or Reusabowl drop location.
We offer an easy option for food retailers and customers to reduce single-use waste.
In July we ran our first test run at the Sunday Harbourside Market in Wellington using a reusable bowl prototype made from bamboo fibre. The four food vendors we approached happily stocked our bowls - one even gave a discount to customers to choose the reusable option!
We received resoundingly positive feedback from customers and together diverted stacks of waste in just a few hours.
Our goal is to replace all single-use with Reusabowls across our cities, in all shops, across Aotearoa.
Now we need your help to make it happen.
We’re on the hunt to find or create the ideal container that suits all food types (sushi, curry, tacos, you name it). We also want to avoid introducing more plastic into the system so we’re investigating materials like bamboo fibre and rice husk for our containers. With your support we can finish development and produce a set of prototypes to start piloting the system.
To ensure we create the easiest system for you, our users - we need to start testing it.
We have two pilots planned to help us refine our model:
- Markets - We’re partnering with the Wellington Sunday Harbourside Market to stock Reusabowl containers for a beta pilot.
- Offices - We’re partnering with offices to lunch waste free. During a pilot in Te Aro, Reusabowls will be available at nearby partner retailers for employees to use. Offices will receive a custom drop bin in their lunchroom with pick-ups of used containers.
Your funds will help us to
- Finish prototyping and produce our first set of takeaway containers
- Test the model at scale during our pilot
With those learnings we can take the next step to bringing a reusable takeaway solution to Aotearoa!
Nice to meet you
We are friends turned co-founders who were tired of seeing single-use packaging and plastic littering Aotearoa and washing up on beaches around the world.
We believe reducing waste doesn’t mean you have to say no - it’s working together as a society to redesign our systems so we can make sustainable choices easy, universal and accessible, and live in harmony with the natural world.
Our small choices add up - if we act together we can make them count.
Thank you to our friends and family who support us and to everyone reading this who cares deeply about this beautiful country and wants to show that if we change our habits, we can change the world!
A huge thank you to Chris Callus for his videography and animation skills. And to the mentors of the Zero Carbon Challenge for their support throughout this process.
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So tell me more about this container…
Glad you asked! Reusabowl takeaway containers will be made out of a biodegradable polymer - we are currently testing bamboo fibre and rice husk. This type of material is durable, reusable and ultimately returns to the soil at the end of its life. Your PledgeMe support will enable us to bring our prototypes into production so we can start testing a reusable system and bring it to life.
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2019-08-15 18:12:20 +1200
"SUPER excited to see this become a thing and to also be able to help make it happen in a small way"
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"All the best guys. Looking forward to seeing this up and running! Sarah - Totally Wrapt Packaging"
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"Love your work! Can't wait to try it out when it's live."
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"Wahooo!! Love your work! Go planet earth :)"
2019-08-12 12:47:35 +1200
"Love and support your movement ✊🏽 xx Vie"
2019-08-11 18:44:01 +1200
"Whooooo go team, love your mahi! x"
2019-08-11 12:12:16 +1200
"Great initiative - can't wait to see these back at the Te Papa markets! "
2019-08-10 13:22:31 +1200
"Awesome work towards zero waste. Mauri ora koutou! Would be awesome to see some down in Dunedin!"
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"You guys are awesome! So inspiring!"
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"Great idea, hope you can get this up and running :)"
2019-08-09 09:50:02 +1200
"Hi Marine, Wish you guys the best of luck! This is amazing xox"
2019-08-08 17:23:50 +1200
"You guys are AWESOME, much <3 from a cheerleader/fangirl"
2019-08-07 23:03:49 +1200
"Go go go team!"
2019-08-07 22:18:02 +1200
"This is such an awesome initiative and I hope this kicks off in Wellington and all across NZ! I take my container and cutlery everywhere with me but sadly most people don’t. This provides people a solution! Can’t wait to see this out there! Well done "
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"Yew. So so rad team :)"
2019-08-07 20:56:07 +1200
"Brilliant idea guys"
2019-08-07 20:47:21 +1200
"Marine and team, so stoked that you are doing this! As a RefillNZer, I’m all for the reusable movement! Refuse, reuse, refill. "
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"Bring on reuse up in the Bay of Islands too! Great idea! "
2019-08-07 09:46:56 +1200
"Terrific Idea! Let us know when it is coming to the U.S. :) Good luck! Love you Sarah! "