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Food delivery packaging and tableware waste

Big data from major online food ordering platforms can facilitate a richer understanding of the environmental impact of current food delivery packaging waste, and scenarios for more sustainable alternatives.

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Molina-Besch, K. Food delivery packaging and tableware waste. Nat Food 1, 531–532 (2020).

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