Saving the environment – one box at a time
A hefty eighty tons of polystyrene and plastic packaging are disposed in Malaysia every single day. They take decades, often hundreds of years, to decompose under natural conditions. But even then, landfills have reached such levels of compression that they no longer allow for elemental decomposition. When thrown away outside of the trash bins, plastic is often found clogging drains and collecting mosquito breeding water. One of the main culprits that is responsible for this ruinous waste is the local take-away industry.
Since 2015, Foodabox has been working to spread an eco-friendly alternative to polystyrene and plastic packaging, making it more affordable and accessible for food operators via food box advertising. The startup has gained traction since. This year, for example, more than 500,000 food boxes were sold during the first quarter alone.
As a social enterprise that is committed to constant innovation, Foodabox is now going one step further and introducing the 8Box, a reusable container that is pitched to become every Malaysian consumer’s personal dish to take away food in from restaurants.
Designed to be especially convenient to use and highly attractive to carry, the 8Box offers millions of take-away regulars an opportunity to buy responsibly by refusing disposable plastic containers.
Not reason enough? There are other reasons why the 8Box stands out. It is made from high quality food-grade silicone, which makes it odorless and stainless, resilient to extreme temperatures, and super easy to wash. It is also customisable with a variety of colors and printed designs, and has a discrete compartment within the lid for the cutlery. Finally, it is foldable up to an incredible 70% of its size, easily beating the existing assortment of bulky food containers from competitors.
The positive impacts from the8Box will be multiple. Not only the environment will be protected from a large diminution of single use packaging disposed everyday, food operators will save significantly on packaging costs. On a larger scale, the public utilities can cut resources spent on managing waste.
With the support of Social Enterprise Ventures, Foodabox is set to complete the prototyping of the 8Box and subsequently its rigorous testing. myHarapan will also help Foodabox launch an aggressive marketing campaign to raise awareness about the harm of disposable packaging and to promote the usage of reusable alternatives.
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