Food Delivery Apps Are Drowning China in Plastic

Food Delivery Apps Are Drowning China in Plastic

Food delivery has become increasingly popular in China and is generating millions of tons of food packaging waste. Through the use of food delivery apps, ordering food online has become cheap and convenient.

Key findings

“Scientists estimate that the online takeout business in China was responsible for 1.6 million tons of packaging waste in 2017.”

“More plastic enters the world’s oceans from China than from any other country.”

“For many overworked or merely lazy people in urban China, the leading takeout platforms Meituan and are replacing cooking or eating out as the preferred means of obtaining nourishment.”

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