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Gojek expands eco-friendly initiative with special GoFood bags

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Mon, March 9, 2020  /  03:58 pm
Gojek expands eco-friendly initiative with special GoFood bags

The special bags have been given to more than 700 selected drivers who have ncompleted more than 10,000 GoFood orders. (Gojek/File)

Homegrown on-demand multi-service platform and digital payment technology group Gojek has equipped some of its food delivery driver-partners in Greater Jakarta with special bags in a bid to reduce single-use plastic bags.

A part of the group's #GoGreener initiative, the bags are said to have been given to more than 700 selected drivers who had completed more than 10,000 GoFood orders.

Gede Manggala, Gojek's VP regional and Greater Jakarta operations, said the bags had larger compartments and were designed to store and deliver hot as well as cold food.

"[The bags are] water-resistant and foldable to ensure flexibility when the drivers are picking up passengers," added Gede in a statement received by The Jakarta Post on Sunday.

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The special bags are expected to encourage customers to reduce their daily disposable plastic bag use and cut down on plastic waste. Plastic bags are persistently cited as a scourge on Indonesia’s environment, for example, clogging up rivers.

Jakarta Environment Agency head Andono Warih said in the statement that the agency welcomed the initiative, which is in line its campaign. “Hopefully Gojek and their driver-partners can be an example for other business players."

Launched in 2019, the #GoGreener initiative aims to encourage all Gojek ecosystems, including drivers and business partners and customers, to adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle.

Last year, the company claims that more than 97 percent of GoFood customers had opted to not buy single-use cutlery when ordering foods at merchants who took part in the initiative, which resulted in saving over 3 million of such cutlery, which would weigh 6.2 tons in total or translates to 3,000 times higher than the 132-meter-tall National Monument. (wir/kes)

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