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6 in 10 customers want restaurants  to use sustainable packaging for takeaway food

Nearly half of the restaurants, however, have yet to adopt suitable packaging.

Over half of customers (66%) want restaurants to adopt sustainable packaging, Deliveroo has found.

A similar number of customers (61%) also said the availability of sustainable packaging would be one of their key considerations when ordering food delivery services.

Amongst age groups, Gen X consumers (aged 46-55) were most supportive of sustainable packaging, with 69% saying sustainable packaging is a key consideration of takeaway orders, followed by Gen Z (aged 18-25) (57%). 

Deliveroo also found that consumers tend to order from restaurants using sustainable packaging (62%)  and are even willing to pay more for sustainable packaging when ordering takeaways (66%).

Despite the demand, nearly half of the restaurants in the city (44%) have yet to adopt sustainable packaging.

Restaurants said they cannot do so due to the lack of financial support for the adoption of green operations (48%), low public awareness of environmental protection (22%), and limited choices of sustainable packaging suppliers (19%). 

Some are against the idea due to higher operating expenses (83%). Over 60% of restaurants that use sustainable packaging have noticed a 1-5% increase in operating costs after opting for greener packaging.

Restaurants, however, said they will be motivated to switch to sustainable packaging if there will be subsidies (67%).

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