Bûmerang Catalunya is a start-up company founded in 2020 which aims to provide the catering industry with returnable and reusable packaging. Recognising that bio, compostable and eco-packaging is not the solution, they are turning towards reuse as a more sustainable form of consumption. The European takeaway industry generates over 20,000 tonnes of plastic waste per year. Bumerang’s packaging substitute can be used up to 200 times, thus eliminating 200 single-use packages of waste per container.
Through its app, it has been able to reach 70+ restaurants in the Barcelona region, where each user is able to access the reusable containers by scanning a QR code, completely free of charge, provided the container is returned within 15 days of use after which a deposit of 6 euro is charged until its return. Bûmerang estimate to have managed to prevent over 50,000 single-use containers.
Their website also seeks to raise awareness by highlighting some of the issues facing the restaurant and takeaway industry through its blog section and encouraging readers to sign their activist manifesto and newsletter. It also features a section which features a number of similar best practices across the globe to serve as inspiration.