Oxo Tower takes new approach to food waste

Harvey Nichols’ OXO Tower, one of the most visited restaurants in London, has introduced special Take Home Boxes as a way to reduce food waste.

The company is taking a new stance on leftovers after teaming up with eco-friendly packaging specialist Biopac, which manufactures and prints the boxes.

Kerri McGuinness, marketing and communications manager at Harvey Nichols, said the restaurant was recently awarded a SRA Three Star rating and was keen to find innovative ways of improving its sustainability practices.

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“We put the project out to tender with three suppliers and found Biopac to be the most flexible with our bespoke design needs and responsive to our requests,” she explained. “It was a long-term project, and the end result is certainly worth it.”

The boxes are made from wood pulp that is produced from sustainable forests in Europe and coated with a compostable material to render them leak proof. They can be fully composted when they’ve reached their end of life.

Figures suggest the average restaurant throws out 21 tonnes of food a year, with a third of that amount swept directly from diners’ plates into the bin.

Oxo Tower hopes the Take Home Boxes will solve the problem of customers being embarrassed to ask to take food home, while reducing the volume of kitchen waste in the process.

Biopac is already working with other foodservice clients, including Hard Rock Café, KFC, Urban Pie and Vestey Foods.

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