Eco-warriors in Sheffield can now enjoy a naked takeaway…

The Street Food Chef have knocked 25p of the price of all carry-out hot drinks and meals for customers who take their own containers and cups to its Mexican cantinas on Arundel Street and Sharrow Vale Road.

“We are on a mission to cut down on waste and will be rewarding customers who help us,” said Street Food Chef boss Richard Golland.

“Anyone coming for takeaways can bring their own containers, help reduce the use of unnecessary packaging, and save themselves 25p too. They won’t be forking out for packaging they are only going to throw away.”

Added Richard: “Major brands like Costa Coffee are already doing this and we decided that as a local independent it was time to make a stand too.”

Being greener is a constant quest for the environment-friendly brand, which uses fresh local produce alongside authentic ingredients brought from Mexico.

The company has used compostable plates and biodegradable bags for its eat-out customers since launching in 2010 and last year Richard and wife Abi decided to go a step further and do away with as much disposable plastic as possible.

Said Abi: “We switched to biodegradable and compostable cutlery made of plant starch, sourced coffee cups, margarita slush cups and salsa pots made from corn and vegetable starch and switched plastic straws to paper versions.
“The next step is to encourage people to help us use as little of this as possible, so  less waste is created. We would even like our takeaway customers to bring their own carrier bags.”

In the restaurants, waste left by eat-in customers is carefully sorted according to recyclability, and is taken away by Sheffield company Recycling Revolution, a not-for-profit social enterprise which employs of vulnerable people and donates to local charities.
The Street Food Chef team is now focused on removing single-use plastic from its kitchens.