Crafty Ramen Restaurants Partner with Friendlier for Sustainable Takeout Packaging

DIY ramen kit and restaurant company Crafty Ramen has formed a partnership with Friendlier to launch 100% reusable takeout packaging options for their dining locations, currently open in Kitchener and Guelph.

“As an innovator in the food and beverage industry, we believe that Crafty Ramen is a great fit for this program,” said Kayli Dale, Friendlier co-founder and CEO. “Together, we will help deliver delicious ramen, without the waste that is typically associated with takeout meals.”

Friendlier is known for providing restaurants with zero-waste solutions which minimize foodservice footprints on the environment, all without the need to pass any additional costs onto restaurant consumers thanks to a special closed-loop process.

When ordering takeout at Crafty Ramen, customers will see a refundable deposit with their purchase. Upon enjoying their meal, all they need to do to close the loop for a refund is scan the QR code on their container and return it contact-free to a local Friendlier drop bin at their convenience.

“At Crafty, we’re challenging ourselves to understand our environmental impact, learn where we can do better and explore meaningful ways to adjust our processes,” said Khalil Khamis, Crafty Ramen partner and CEO. “Our partnership with the Friendlier program gives us the tools to engage in positive change by offering a more sustainable experience through our restaurants.”

“The International Solid Waste association estimated that single-use waste has increased by 250 to 300 per cent as a result of the pandemic. It is incredible to see businesses like Crafty Ramen taking action against statistics like this by offering reusable options,” added Jacquie Hutchings, Friendlier co-founder and COO.