How sustainable practices can feed the eco-conscious customer

Sustainable takeaways on the rise

Takeaways saw a huge increase over the last two years with people being stuck indoors and many restaurants also offering this type of service for the first time ever. Although the takeaway industry was booming, the rise of food wastage also followed the same pattern.

With many takeaway businesses shifting their focus to zero food wastage and net zero emissions the need to be sustainable is more important now than ever before to ensure you are attracting and retaining all customers against your competition.

3 top causes of emissions in takeaways


Catering equipment




Heating or air-conditioning

Average takeaway emissions

By analysing trends and data through Zellar Panorama, a

UK takeaway on average emits 20.6 tonnes of CO2

through their electricity and gas consumption per year.

7 football pitches

would be needed to absorb this amount each year, based on the average annual Woodland Carbon Code sequestration rate (across 100 years). (1)

What is a sustainable takeaway?

With an increased demand in plant-based products, biodegradable packaging and ethically sourced produce, takeaways are choosing to adopt these sustainable practices in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint and market themselves as a green business to their audience. This is done through ensuring all ingredients on their menu has been locally and ethically sourced, there are many vegan/vegetarian meal options on the menu, delivery packaging is recyclable, and other practices such as promoting deliveries to be done on a bike.

Why is sustainability so important to takeaways?

When we think of what impact takeaways would have on the environment our first thought goes to the delivery process, but what happens before that is just as important. 

The amount of electricity used by an SME takeaway is 51,000kWhs per year and gas usage is around 81,000kWhs per year, making them part of the top 4 industries in terms of energy consumption.

How Zellar helps takeaways

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Customised roadmaps:

There is a programme unique to takeaways, providing benchmarks, insights, behaviours, investments, and local offsets.

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All in one place:

Takeaway owners can access all the key components that make up their sustainability programme in one place.

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One annual payment:

We’re making sustainability accessible and affordable for all takeaways with pricing starting at £125 per annum.

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How does it work:

A simple sign-up process, leads takeaway owners into their custom sustainability programme that can be followed at their own pace.

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Share the story:

Every step of your journey to Net Zero is made available for sharing via your Zellar profile and across your social media platforms of choice.

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of respondents said that sustainability had been a deciding factor when choosing where to go eat. (2)


of consumers buy products and services from companies that are socially and/or environmentally responsible, according to research carried out by Forbes. (3)