With New Zealanders spending 27% of their food budgets on meals from restaurants and takeaways, stopping 1.4 million pieces of meal packaging waste from being used per year needs addressing.
This is why New Zealand company Re has designed the Swap Box, a lunch box specifically created to make on-the-go and takeaway food consumption easier to adopt, as is already the case with eco-drink cups.
Created using human-centred design principles, the Swap Box is fully collapsible, providing a space-saving solution for those already laden on their daily commute and accommodates diverse meals, from a wrap to poke bowl or salad.
It’s also dishwasher safe for easy cleaning, spill-proof for post-use transportation and is made of BPA free, food-grade silicone, nylon and tempered glass. Each Swap Box has the potential to save up to 44 kilos of waste.
So far, there is interest from individuals, retailers and workplaces eager to support the venture.
The Swap Box was tested last year in a local cafe as part of a reuse scheme, and the overwhelming feedback was that people wanted to own their own Swap Box rather than one they could exchange.
To support the Kickstarter campaign (launch date: March 2021) and get first access to the exclusive launch offers, sign up to Re’s email list at www.re.company.