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Contributing to a zero-waste nation is not about grand gestures or big changes to your everyday lives. Foodpanda shows us how.

By Laura Kantor

“Eating to a healthier, happier you, it is all about the small steps we take to consciously change our everyday lives.”

A year ago, foodpanda Singapore pioneered the launch of the opt-in cutlery function, encouraging customers to go without plastic cutlery with every order. Since then, the initiative has been rolled out across the region in Hong Kong, Thailand and the Philippines, saving over a million cutlery sets to date.

A wholesome you

Beyond cutting down our plastic consumption, foodpanda is also helping Singaporeans make environmentally-friendly dining choices. The production of livestock requires vast amounts of resources, which takes a toll on the environment.

With #fpMeatFreeMondays, Singaporeans can reduce their meat intake and do their bit for the environment. By choosing to go meat-free once a week, we contribute towards lower demands for meat, poultry and fish. Over time, reducing our consumption of animal products can lead to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, pollution, deforestation and wildlife extinction.

Eating to a healthier, happier you, it is all about the small steps we take to consciously change our everyday lives. For instance, choosing brown rice instead of white, and going meat-free one day a week can make a big difference over time.

“With Singapore’s goal of becoming a zero-waste nation, 2019 is already shaping up to be a groundbreaking year for sustainability.”

Contributing towards a zero-waste nation

Likewise, contributing to a zero-waste nation is not about grand gestures or big changes to your everyday lives. With small steps, Singaporeans can reduce the use of more than two million straws on a daily basis, and the production of more than 800,000 tonnes of plastic waste!

Some actionables include going ‘topless’ – not getting a plastic lid on coffee runs, doing away with the plastic carrier for iced teas and coffees. saying no to straws, bringing along a reusable cup for drinks or a lunch box for food takeaways, and making a conscious choice to opt-out of receiving plastic cutlery from food delivery platforms.

Green initiatives in 2019

With Singapore’s goal of becoming a zero-waste nation, 2019 is already shaping up to be a groundbreaking year for sustainability. As a food delivery service, foodpanda’s sustainability agenda will be shaped by three key pillars: further reducing plastic usage, introducing biodegradable packaging and minimising food waste.

It is definitely our end goal to transform the industry into an environmentally-friendly one. Introducing small and progressive initiatives, we want to engage through the ongoing education of our customers and partners. More often than not, people get stuck trying to come up with one big solution. In actual fact, smaller and relatively easy to implement initiatives can have a significant impact.

Other initiatives include banning all shark fin items from foodpanda’s platform. While we were quite hesitant at first, we did get a lot of supportive emails and messages from customers. Singapore, as a whole, is quite proactive about getting involved in the green movement.

Another big trend is the shift towards biodegradable packaging. One of the biggest barriers for widespread adoption is cost. The price difference can add up to a significant amount. To lead the food delivery industry, we are working with manufacturers on a cost-efficient and environmentally-friendly production process.

Nonetheless, we want to make sustainability a fun and positive movement. Rewarding customers for making a difference, we are currently gifting all who opted out of plastic several times, a $10 voucher as a token of appreciation.

As there is still a lot of work to be done, we hope that other countries in Asia-Pacific will also join foodpanda’s green initiatives. Keep a lookout in the next few months as we roll out even more options to help you become more environmentally-friendly!


Laura Kantor is the Head of Marketing and Sustainability at foodpanda. She has championed the food delivery brand’s sustainability efforts both in Singapore and across the region.

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