THE Naked Takeaway scheme continues to grow in Mold, with Tai Kitchen being the latest business to join.

The restaurant, on Chester Street, is giving their takeaway food customers the choice of ditching single-use plastic or cardboard and using Naked Takeaway reusable Tiffin tins instead.

They join six other eco-conscious businesses in Mold and Caerwys, involved in the year-long pilot to help protect the environment and support a more circular economy.

The other businesses are Mold's , Alexander's Pizza, Asia Sensation, Spoons and Forks, Sawadeeka and The Gathering. On the Corner Café in Caerwys is also involved.

Every day dozens of takeaway meals are produced by cafes and takeaways in Mold, most of which are packed in plastic or cardboard containers. These containers may just be used once to carry the food home and then they're either thrown away or put into household recycling.

The Leader: A Thai Kitchen meal ready to be collected in reusable Naked Takeaway tiffin tinsA Thai Kitchen meal ready to be collected in reusable Naked Takeaway tiffin tins

Now, working alongside Mold Plastic Reduction and Mold and Caerwys Town Councils, the food businesses in the pilot scheme have introduced Tiffin tins – a reusable, stainless steel set of stacking tins – or aluminium pizza box takeaway food containers, both of which can be used time and again.

Paranya Mager, owner and chef at Thai Kitchen, said: "I'm excited to be able to offer my customers the choice of having their food in a reusable Tiffin tin. As a girl in Thailand I used to take my lunch to school in one.

"They will help to reduce takeaway food packaging waste and will also reduce the cost to our business of buying single-use plastic containers. Customers can just ask for their food in a Tiffin tin when they place their order, and drop them back next time they come."

A recent online survey by Mold Plastic Reduction revealed just how keen customers are to have their takeaways in a reusable / returnable container, if given the choice. Over 85% of the 86 people who took part said that reusable was what they would ask for.

The survey also showed how few options there are for customers locally who want to have a guilt-free takeaway. Only a tiny 14% have ever had a takeaway in a container they could return. Even though a massive 86% are concerned about the environment and single-use plastics.

Jenny Thomas from Mold Plastic Reduction steering group who collated the survey said, "We just wanted to get a feel for what Mold residents thought. The findings are really encouraging as overwhelmingly most people who responded would like to have their takeaways in a reusable container. This supports our Naked Takeaway project and makes it sustainable going forward

"Over half of people said that their normal takeaway came in plastic packaging and coupled with the fact that over a third of respondents have a takeaway every week – that's an awful lot of throw away plastic. Why not try a takeaway in a reusable and returnable Naked Takeaway container next time you order".

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