Vancouver-based container-sharing platform Reusables.com announced a partnership with Georgia Main Food Group (formerly HY Louie) to utilize the service at the Vancouver House location of Fresh St. Market.
This follows closely on the heels of a successful launch with well-known Vancouver restaurants including MeeT in Gastown, Bandidas Taqueria, Autostrada, JamJar Canteen, Kula Kitchen, Tartine Bread & Pies, True Confections, Dosanko Japanese and Field & Social.
The container-sharing platform for zero-waste takeout will be available at Fresh St. Market, Vancouver House starting on October 18th.
Reusables.com supplies restaurants and food businesses with reusable containers that customers can select as a more sustainable alternative to single-use packaging. Food businesses pay a container usage fee that is more cost effective than most compostable packaging, creating a sustainable, circular economy container sharing system.
The aesthetically-pleasing stainless steel containers are delivered to the business, used when packaging meals for a participating customer’s takeout or food delivery order, returned, sanitized and reused approximately a thousand times.
Through its proprietary app, the Reusables.com team is able to track containers, manage returns, ensure each container is cleaned to the highest standard and entered back into the rotation.
Customers get their first 30 days free when downloading the app and then pay a $5.00 monthly fee to participate. To get Reusables.com, they make a note in their takeout order, either through delivery apps or directly with the participating partner, that they’re a Reusables.com member. Once done with their container, the member has 14 days to rinse and return it to a participating location where the container QR code is scanned using the app.
The expansion in the Fresh St. Market, Vancouver House location will allow new and existing customers to take home their deli, bakery, butcher, cafe and dessert items in reusable containers, straight from the store.
Reusables.com was founded by Jason Hawkins and Anastasia Kiku and has received private funding as well as funding through the Vancity enviroFund™ Program. Jason and Anastasia are also a part of Ryan Holmes’ League of Innovators.