Founder, Street Food Box
Eddie is the creator and founder of Street Food Box, an innovative, compact, infinitely reusable and environmental food to go container. Prior to conceiving Street Food Box, Eddie had a career spanning 42 years in food and drink branding and innovation and it was this expertise that enabled him to take his concept to reality and to market launch in less than 18 months. He believes we can all play a part in reducing global food packaging waste by thinking reuse rather than recycle and indeed the business mantra is ‘Eat, Sleep, Rinse, Repeat®’ by making it easy to adopt a new relationship with packaging.
Whilst we’ve become used to coffee shops selling multi-use cups, only now are food retailers trialling customers using their own boxes for deli foods and for certain self-serve foods and zero waste stores are continuing to grow in popularity. But there has been no practical, convenient, compact, fold-flat, cost-effective, multi-use food container until now. With Britain’s growing ‘food on the go’ habit generating nearly 11bn items of packaging waste a year alone (much of which is not recycled), we need to relook at our relationship with single-use food to go packaging. A survey of more than 1,200 workers found that the majority – 64% – said they bought lunch on the go more now than they did five years ago – spending £13.6bn annually.
More than a quarter said this was because they were too busy to make their own. This in part is a result of the UK’s evolving food culture and growing street food movement, with 20% of workers saying there are more places to eat out now and 19% saying eating out is more tempting than it used to be. This is a very real problem which isn’t just affecting the UK of course, but a global issue common to all developed countries and Street Food Box has been conceived to do something about it right now.