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begin your journey to zero-waste

Our reuse program is available across Ontario, Western Quebec, and Greater Vancouver.

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.

Man holding out a burger and fries in a square, blue Friendlier reusable container

attract customers

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.

scale up

Our affordable containers and full-service support means you can effortlessly grow your business.

STEPS

it's as easy as abc

Restaurant cook putting a burger into a square, blue Friendlier container base

1.

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!

2.

serve your food & drinks

Serve your food in our containers, like normal.

3.

we pick up and sanitize

We’ll follow a schedule to pick up returned containers, and deeply sanitize them to be used again.

4.

repeat

That’s it! Just order when you need more supply and we'll handle the rest.

FEATURED PARTNERS

we're trusted by

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Compass Group logo
Zehrs logo
Skip the Dishes logo

IMPORTANT NEWS

single-use is banned

As part of Canada’s Single-use Plastics Prohibition Regulations, manufacturing, importing, selling, and distributing various types of single-use food packaging in Canada is currently banned.

Don't stress, we're here to help!

Switching packaging doesn't have to be a hassle. Our reusable container service is hands-off, affordable, and friendly to the environment! Skip the headaches from navigating toxic PFAS chemicals, false "compostable" and "recyclable" claims, and so many other frustrations.

what's banned?

Items

  • clamshell & lidded containers

  • boxes

  • cups & bowls

  • plates

Materials

  • expanded & extruded

  • polystyrene foam

  • polyvinyl chloride

  • carbon black

  • oxo-degradable plastic

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.

A meal in a blue Friendlier bowl in front of a window overlooking Toronto

corporate offices

Engage your employees and drive quantifiable environmental impacts through reusable containers

Display case with baked goods and meals in Friendlier containers at Bloom Restaurant

universities

Take the first step towards a zero-waste campus with friendlier reusable containers at your cafeterias

Sesame crusted tuna on a noodle salad in a square Friendlier container

restaurants & cafes

Keep your food hot and your customers coming back with friendlier takeout containers

Pantry goods in clear Friendlier containers on a shelf in the bulk section of The Sweet Potato

markets

Our containers are perfect for bulk foods, prepared meals, soups, salads and more

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caterers

Our containers are microwave-friendly, freezer-safe, and ready for your waste-free, delicious meals

Salad, burgers and fries, pasta, and red sauce in Friendlier reusable containers

others

Food trucks, farms, online shops, charities, festivals, and even non-food establishments can reuse too!

Friendlier employees beside trays of reusable containers getting washed
Restaurant employees in Friendlier apparel, showing off a cheesecake in a Friendlier container

ABOUT US

doing our part for a better tomorrow

reusable 100x

Our containers can be reused up to 100 times - that’s 100 containers diverted from the landfill

responsible sourcing

We source local and environmentally conscious manufacturers that meet high quality standards

end-of-life recycling

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.

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GHG emissions

Reusing reduces the need to manufacture, which prevents greenhouse gas emissions

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water consumption

Our reuse system uses significantly less water than the dispose model

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waste

Reusing means less packaging waste and chemical pollution in our environment

OUR PRODUCTS

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.

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ocean blue

Our signature and favourite collection

Grains in stacked clear Friendlier containers

crystal clear

Show off your your food

Top of Friendlier reusable coffee cup

cup o' joe

Coffee lovers and tea drinkers unite

TESTIMONIALS

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

FOR BUSINESSES

ready to make the switch?

We'll get back to you as soon as we can!

Friendlier return bin in a restaurant, against a tiled wall

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 info@friendlier.ca
  • 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 info@friendlier.ca
  • 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.
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