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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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2019-08-05 17:30:30 +1200
"Love the work your doing team! The waste from food bowls really grinds my gears, I'd looooove to see this become mainstream! All the best :)"
2019-08-05 17:28:28 +1200
"Adore this. Dream team!"
2019-08-05 17:24:37 +1200
2019-08-05 13:33:51 +1200
"WOOHOO SO RAD TEAM - THANKS FOR ALL YOUR INCREDIBLE MAHI AND BRINGING BETTER OPTIONS TO THE WORLD ✊"
2019-08-05 11:26:07 +1200
2019-08-05 10:21:28 +1200
"let's get this bowl rollin'!"
2019-08-05 09:58:29 +1200
"GREAY WORK SARAH et al!! LOVE FROM, YOUR GREAT AUNT SHIRLEY"
2019-08-05 09:25:33 +1200
"Stoked to help on the journey of removing waste from Whanganui-a-Tara!!"
2019-08-05 09:03:11 +1200
"I love your campaign! You're an awesome team and I can't wait to use Reuseabowls all around Aotearoa (and the world)!!"
2019-08-04 19:22:07 +1200
"Such a great idea!"
2019-08-04 12:07:11 +1200
2019-08-04 03:18:28 +1200
"Well done, Bobby and team. I am really concerned by all the plastic waste that is happening and fully support your endeavour."
2019-08-03 17:49:28 +1200
"Nice work Bob! Getting out there and getting it done."
2019-08-03 15:53:45 +1200
2019-08-03 14:25:36 +1200
"Nice work team! This is a great idea"
2019-08-03 09:46:40 +1200
"Good shit Bobby and co."
2019-08-03 09:02:50 +1200
"Go guys! Love it :)"
2019-08-03 01:12:30 +1200
2019-08-03 00:47:12 +1200
"Love this initiative, hope you reach your target 👊"
2019-08-02 17:11:41 +1200
2019-08-02 15:41:26 +1200
"Great idea, but once you are underway, consider the same idea for buying fish, meat or other "wet" products at the supermarket - a supply of reusable, cleanable, sealable containers that can be borrowed and returned in the same way. No more cling film! Looking forward to seeing your idea grow and grow!"
2019-08-02 12:58:21 +1200
2019-08-02 11:08:46 +1200
"Awesome idea guys, best of luck! I will be looking out for you around welly!"
2019-08-02 11:03:32 +1200
"Such a good idea! Love love love to see this around Wellington"
2019-08-02 10:01:52 +1200
"Best of luck babes!"
2019-08-02 09:57:02 +1200
"Go team Reusabowl! Love your mahi and concept - cant wait to not use single use for my sushi! Also excited for my lunch with y'all ❤❤"
2019-08-02 08:32:32 +1200
"Onya Ricky Bobby"
2019-08-02 07:16:52 +1200
2019-08-02 02:57:22 +1200
"Amazing stuff Bobby. All the best guys!"