The Jakarta Post
Ride-hailing application Go-Jek runs on a smartphone. Go-Food is a food delivery service by Go-Jek. (Shutterstock.com/findracadabra )
Indonesia is in a state of waste emergency, as the country produces 175,000 tons of waste a day, according to the Environment and Forestry Ministry.
Fifteen percent of the waste is said to come from disposable plastic.
With that in mind, online food delivery service Go-Food, which belongs to the company behind ride-hailing application Go-Jek, said on Wednesday it would seek to reduce the use of disposable plastic.
According to a statement received by The Jakarta Post, the platform now gives customers the option to order food with or without single-use cutlery.
Disposable cutlery is available on the menu at an additional cost starting at Rp 1,000 (less than 10 cents).
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Go-Food claimed that more than 750 outlets in Greater Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya and Bali had joined the initiative.
Moreover, Go-Food also provides delivery bags for drivers. The bags were specifically designed to carry food without the need of single-use plastic bags.
Go-Jek Group chief food officer Catherine Hindra Sutjahyo said the company aimed to continue to make a positive social and environmental impact.
“Through Go-Food’s latest innovation, we ask all parties to save the environment together, as that is our shared responsibility,” she said. (jes/kes)