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Alibaba will reinvent food delivery with bamboo

Updated: Dec 26, 2023




The Chinese group Alibaba participated in COP 28. According to Toby Xu, the group's financial director and president of the Sustainability Management Committee, who was present at the conference, the platform is just getting started your journey to tackle climate change.


Food delivery app Ele.me is committed to reducing plastic waste, responsible for more than 400 million metric tons of trash worldwide in 2021.


Earlier this year, the platform made headlines by discouraging the use of disposable cutlery. In-app suggestions increased utensil-free food deliveries by 648% compared to a control group, according to a study published in September in the journal Science. Xiao Shuixian, senior vice president of Ele.me, part of the Alibaba group, reported during a COP28 event that the company delivered more of 1.7 billion orders without cutlery. This is one of several 'low-carbon habits' that the platform is encouraging among users.


In the future, the business will turn to paperless receipts, bamboo-based takeout food packages instead of plastic and other low-carbon products, according to Xiao. p>


Replacing plastic with bamboo is a growing trend towards sustainability.

Bamboo, a fast-growing plant, offers an ecological alternative to plastic, which is derived from non-renewable fossil resources and often ends up in landfills and oceans. Studies indicate that bamboo products can significantly reduce the accumulation of plastic waste. Additionally, bamboo has a smaller carbon footprint, absorbing CO2 more quickly than many other plants. Its durability and biodegradability make it ideal for items such as utensils, packaging and even furniture. Adopting bamboo not only helps mitigate the plastic waste crisis, but also promotes a circular economy, reducing our dependence on non-renewable resources.


However, these initiatives require the cooperation of society to create a lasting impact. This is the mission of the Brazilian Center for Innovation and Sustainability (CEBIS), which joins forces from the private and public sector to promote and expand carbon reduction practices in food delivery services, which involves the development of new products based on bamboo. It is philanthropy oriented towards sustainability, generating employment and income, promoting entrepreneurship with training and qualifications and taking care of the environment.


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