In partnership with two companies, Chai Point has shifted to the usage of 100 per cent biodegradable food boxes, plates and cutlery for their delivery business, Chai-on-Call. The packaging, made of bagasse, is the fibrous remain of crushed sugarcane stalks. It is used as a biofuel and in the manufacture of pulp and building materials. Chai Point has partnered with the startup venture Ecoware Solutions to provide this packaging, which is approved and accredited by international testing labs and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Yaduvir Singh, head of supply chain, Chai Point, said, “There are a lot of environmental issues that we face these days, waste generation being one of them. The supply chain team at Chai Point is committed to create a ‘sustainable and green supply chain’, which involves use of environment-friendly initiatives, thus reducing the waste generation. Introduction of the biodegradable food packaging made out of bagasse is a part of the same initiative.”
Rhea Singhal, CEO, Ecoware Solutions, informed, “The food service industry is guilty of generating huge amounts of waste by way of disposable tableware that only has momentary utility. Chai Point is an exception. Instead of making lofty CSR claims, Chai Point has invested in Ecoware packaging that replaces plastic and paper at all their outlets. Ecoware tableware, made from 100 per cent plant biomass, biodegrades naturally into the soil in a short period and solves waste disposal problems. Ecoware is proud to partner with Chai Point to encouraging sustainability.”
“Our typical customer is very conscious of the environment and insists on products that are 100 per cent natural. We are always at work to define and align ourselves with the values of today’s evolved consumer. The switch to bagasse based packaging is one such step,” added Amuleek Singh Bijral, CEO, Chai Point.