sustainable takeout shouldn’t be hard
A sustainable future starts with today. For many food lovers, it’s been way too hard to get takeout without the guilt of trash at the end of every meal. For food makers, it’s been next to impossible to find a not-super-expensive and actually-environmentally-friendly takeout option. That’s why we’re here.
Bring in new eco-conscious customers through reusable container offerings and container returns.
make a real impact
Steer free from disposables and prevent tons of waste from ending up in landfills and ecosystems.
Our affordable containers and full-service support means you can effortlessly grow your business.
it's as easy as abc
order your containers
You'll get access to our online ordering and tracking portal to order your containers, and we’ll deliver them to you!
serve your food & drinks
Serve your food in our containers, like normal.
we pick up and sanitize
We’ll follow a schedule to pick up returned containers, and deeply sanitize them to be used again.
That’s it! Just order when you need more supply and we'll handle the rest.
single-use is banned
As part of Canada’s Single-use Plastics Prohibition Regulations, the manufacture and import of single-use food packaging in Canada is currently banned.
Coming December 20, 2023
By the end of this year, the sale of single-use food packaging within Canada will be prohibited. Get ahead of the curve and switch to reusables now.
clamshell & lidded containers
cups & bowls
expanded & extruded
WHO WE SERVE
made for your business
We serve a variety of business types, small and large across Southern Ontario and Western Quebec. We’ll work with you to meet your unique needs and customize our service for you.
Engage your employees and drive quantifiable environmental impacts through reusable containers
Take the first step towards a zero-waste campus with friendlier reusable containers at your cafeterias
restaurants & cafes
Keep your food hot and your customers coming back with friendlier takeout containers
Our containers are perfect for bulk foods, prepared meals, soups, salads and more
Our containers are microwave-friendly, freezer-safe, and ready for your waste-free, delicious meals
Food trucks, farms, online shops, charities, festivals, and even non-food establishments can reuse too!
doing our part for a better tomorrow
Our containers can be reused up to 100 times - that’s 100 containers diverted from the landfill
We source local and environmentally conscious manufacturers that meet high quality standards
When a container can’t be reused any more, we ensure it is properly recycled
meet your ESG targets
Our online system makes it effortless to track reused containers and measure your business’s positive impact on the environment.
Reusing reduces the need to manufacture, which prevents greenhouse gas emissions
Our reuse system uses significantly less water than the dispose model
Reusing means less packaging waste and chemical pollution in our environment
find your container match
We have containers for a variety of needs, portion sizes, and meal types. Let your food pop in our ocean blue containers or speak for itself in our crystal clear packaging.
Our signature and favourite collection
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cup o' joe
Coffee lovers and tea drinkers unite
hear it from them
A Friendlier Company’s reusable container program is an excellent idea. Charging a deposit for a product ensures proper recycling and reuse. The app is well designed and easy to use, scanning the QR code on the container and placing in the return box to be picked up is hassle free. Doing the right thing for the environment has never been so easy.
Compass Group Canada
Craig Lockhart, Executive Chef
not a food establishment?
We want to make it as convenient as possible for everyone to return their friendlier containers! You don’t have to be a food establishment to do your part for the environment. Whether your a storefront, community center, condo complex, or other physical location, you can host a friendlier collection bin.
frequently asked questions
How do I add a new question & answer?To add a new FAQ follow these steps: 1. Click “Manage FAQs” button 2. From your site’s dashboard you can add, edit and manage all your questions and answers 3. Each question and answer should be added to a category 4. Save and publish.
Can I insert an image, video, or gif in my FAQ?Yes. To add media follow these steps: 1. Enter the app’s Settings 2. Click on the “Manage FAQs” button 3. Select the question you would like to add media to 4. When editing your answer click on the camera, video, or GIF icon 5. Add media from your library.
How do I edit or remove the “FAQ” title?You can edit the title from the Settings tab in the app. If you don’t want to display the title, simply disable the Title under “Info to Display”.
How long should it take to confirm my deposit?It typically takes 1-2 weeks to confirm your deposit from the time it is dropped off at a collection site. If it has been over 2 weeks, no need to fear, send us an email on our contact us page and we will investigate.
Is it safe to reuse plastic containers?Yes! Our containers have been third party tested and are free from BPA, PFAs, and other harmful toxins. We did the due diligence to ensure that your containers are safe for use and reuse!
What if my container is broken?Scan and return it anyways! We will make sure it gets properly recycled!
Is it safe to use reusable containers?Yes, we take sanitation seriously! Our high-temperature dishwasher is rated to kill 99.999% of bacteria and viruses.
Do I have to wash my container before returning it?No, but please scrape out all food residue in a food compost bin before returning.
How long does it take to get cashback?It takes 1-2 weeks after scanning and returning your container for your cashback to appear in your account. If it's been more than 3 weeks, contact us at email@example.com
What if I don't have a phone?You can input the qr alphanumeric code on your container and get cashback by logging into your account on app.friendlier.ca. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Is reuse better than using compostable packaging?There is a lot of miscommunication around compostable and biodegradable products however compostable packaging is single-use packaging. It is estimated that 95% of the environmental impact of packaging occurs before it is used, meaning that the end of life only accounts for less than 5% of the environmental impact. Reuse means that containers only need to be manufactured once, and the impact can be driven down with each reuse. Additionally: Compostable packaging often can not be composted in municipal composting programs, and therefore contaminates the compost stream. Compostable packaging often contains harmful chemicals like PFAs which help repel moisture. These can leach out into the food you are consuming or into the environment if they break down. Compostable products can not be recycled at the end of life and when mixed into recycling streams can ruin recycling streams. For more resources about the environmental impact of packaging, check out https://environmentalpaper.org/solving-packaging/
Why not just recycle?We love recycling! But.. reuse is better! Reuse is better than recycling for several reasons: Energy conservation: Reusing a product or material requires much less energy than recycling it. Recycling requires processing and transportation to a recycling facility, which can be energy-intensive. Reusing an item does not require any additional energy beyond its initial production and transportation. Reduced waste: Reusing a product or material can help reduce waste by extending its life cycle. Recycling, on the other hand, still produces waste in the form of processing by-products and often cannot achieve a 100% recovery rate. Environmental impact: Reusing products or materials reduces the environmental impact of the production process because it avoids the need to extract new raw materials or energy sources. Recycling still requires the consumption of energy and raw materials, which can contribute to environmental damage. Overall, reuse is better than recycling because it conserves energy, reduces waste, and has a lower environmental impact. However, recycling is still an important practice for reducing waste and conserving resources, and we make sure that every container gets recycled at its end of life.