Reuse & Return Systems
Programs that support a low-waste economy for businesses and consumers need to include reusable products moving in a circular way from business to consumer and back again. While not yet very common this idea is not new: back in the day, milk was delivered in glass bottles and empties were picked up for cleaning and reuse. It's about time we get back to this way of life.
BYO and reuse & return are all important pieces of a circular economy.
Below you will find a list of new, mostly Toronto-based reuse startups. Check their websites or apps for locations of participating restaurants and coffee shops, support their mission of making takeout sustainable and give them a try! Maybe you can even ask your favourite restaurant to consider offering their food in waste-free reuse & return containers.
If you are a business owner, check them out!
Reuse & return containers and cups:
Save you money because you don’t
need to buy disposables
Increase customer loyalty by attracting eco conscious shopping and because people come back for return and refill
Make your business
Loblaws partnered with Loop to build a circular system to eliminate packaging. The partnership allows Loblaws to offer products in refillable containers. Currently available only online, but soon they will be available in stores, too.
Take-out container program which supplies food service providers with reusable cups, containers and management practices to restaurants, cafes, grocery stores and private offices.
Craft on Draft gives businesses a way to offer local craft beverages (kombucha, cold brewed coffee, sparkling water) on tap and eliminate single-use packaging with a draft station (gas, kegerator, maintenance and installation) and refills.
Craft on Draft
Don’t waste Durham created a large scale, app-based, reusable container system for restaurants and schools in the city of Durham, North Carolina, called GreenToGo. They have 575 subscribers, 32 partners, 30 drop off stations and a central wash and redistribution facility. They developed their program in collaboration with the city and the health department and are currently piloting a partnership to use municipal waste management infrastructure.