Wagamama opts for recyclable ramen bowls in battle against waste
Author: Amber Rolt
Wagamama is removing most of the plastic from the packaging used in its food deliveries and shifting instead to fully recyclable materials, in a move the restaurant chain claims could remove up to 330 tonnes of virgin plastic from its supply chain each year. The new packaging is to be made from recyclable material known as cPET, which Wagamama claims it is among the first major restaurant chains to use as a basis for its soup and noodle bowls. The cPET material, which is more commonly used for supermarket ready meals, is made from 70 per cent recycled content, and its material's heat-resistance capabilities make it the "perfect" vessel for delivering hot ramen, Wagamama said. It said the material could replace more than eight million of the plastic delivery bowls it uses every year. The move could also reduce the carbon footprint of Wagamama's katsu curry - its most popular dish - by as much as 62 per cent, it said.