Jonathan Conan, a French entrepreneur, believed that deposit return systems seemed to be the natural solution to the waste problem in the take-away sector. So, in 2018, he conceived the ETIC (Emballages Toulousins Innovants Consignés) project which offers shopkeepers returnable glass boxes to replace single-use packaging.
6 “consignors” joined him soon after, also driven by this impulse to build a more responsible and united society. As a result, Enboiteleplat (“En boîte le plat”) was created, an initiative that allows users to order takeaway food in reusable glass containers in order to tackle the issue of disposable containers in the takeaway industry and to change the habits of lunchtime snackers.
Users must simply order food from an establishment that has partnered up with Enboiteleplat, paying a deposit of 3€. Upon returning the rinsed container to any establishment within the network, the user is refunded the fee. The restaurants take care of the washing and drying of the containers, which can then be reused for other customers. The project already exists in 3 large cities, Toulouse, Rennes and Compiègne, East Paris and, since July 2022 the Cote d’Azur. Through this initiative, Enboiteleplat estimates to have prevented over 500,000 disposable containers since its launch.
The website offers a map where customers can locate all the associated restaurants.