Talabat, the region’s leading food and grocery delivery app, has stressed that it "stays true to its promise for a greener environment" by using recycled materials as delivery boxes.
This green packaging initiative will be available for all grocery orders made through the app from stores such as Carrefour, Spar and Monoprix.
"Talabat sets another first in the delivery industry in Qatar by using recycled boxes made by Elite Paper Recycling (EPR). After working together for the Eco-Dome Project, talabat responds to EPR’s call for a more sustainable environment through the green box implementation," the company has said in a statement.
Talabat is following the necessary safety measures, including the use of cardboard boxes as recommended by the World Health Organisation. Based on research, it was shown that the Covid-19 virus can survive for up to 72 hours on plastic and less than 24 hours on cardboard, the statement notes.
Francisco Miguel de Sousa, talabat Qatar’s managing director, said: "Talabat is proud to be using Qatari products by Elite Paper Recycling. This recycled box initiative is just the beginning of talabat’s green building transformation. We all have a role to play in shaping a sustainable future, and this is just one of our many initiatives to come in line with Qatar's sustainability efforts and Qatar National Vision 2030."
"We are very pleased with our co-operation with talabat, the leading online platform industry. Talabat will be the first company to deliver customers’ orders using recycled cardboard as this co-operation will move to other stages in the future," said Abdullah Ibrahim al-Suwaidi, chairman of Elite Paper Recycling.
“This campaign has been launched amid the Covid-19 outbreak and is the first of its kind in Qatar. We are very proud to say that it’s 100% 'Made in Qatar' and 100% recyclable and eco-friendly. It is a true showcase that even during times of crisis, it is possible to evolve as a business, adding value
and showing solidarity with our community as well as raising awareness on important issues like recycling, going green and 'Stay home, save lives'. On the other hand, this collaboration fully supports local SMEs, encourages CSR strategies and, of course, helps develop the circular economy in Qatar,” said Catina Aghayan, EPR communications strategy adviser.
Talabat is participating in many ways to save the environment, the statement adds. A ‘No Cutlery’ option is also available on the app to opt from using plastic utensils.
One can order groceries via talabat. Download from the App Store or Google Play, or visit www.talabat.com
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