Collective Action to Reduce Plastic Waste
We're proud to partner with two collective action campaigns that are addressing plastic waste in the restaurant and food delivery sectors. #CutOutCutlery, led by Habits of Waste, and #SkipTheStuff, led by Upstream, are pioneering efforts to transform the way that restaurants and delivry services operate. The increase in food delivery in the U.S.–first driven by the rise of delivery apps like DoorDash and–and then by the pandemic, accelerated the use of single-use plastics. None of these items are recyclable and most are not necessary for deliveries for meals consumed at homes. For restaurants, changing their operations can lead to substantial savings.
Both of these campaigns seek to move the food-service industry towards an "opt-in" model whereby customers could request single-use items, but the default settings would not include them. #SkipTheStuff / Upstream is generally focussing on municipal policy solutions while #CutOutCutlery / Habits of Waste works on getting companies to adjust their operations. In the last year, they've convinced the four largest delivery app platforms to adjust their user interface. However, Habits of Waste worked towards recent policy changes enacted by the City of Los Angeles, and there is some crossover.
10 Billion Strong is supporting these campaigns to expand to universities and cities and towns in the Midwest.