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15th March 2024

Levy UK celebrates landmark sustainability partnership with Earthshot Prize winner

Written by: Edward Waddell
The exclusive partnership between Levy UK + Ireland, the sports and entertainment venue arm of food services giant Compass Group UK & Ireland, and sustainable packaging innovators Notpla will see an expected 75 million items of seaweed-based biodegradable food packaging being used over the next three years.

Notpla’s range of Earthshot Prize winning takeaway packaging will now feature across Levy’s sports and entertainment venues. Notpla’s packaging reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 70% compared with conventional alternatives.  

Among the first to embrace the sustainable packaging options are The Kia Oval, Aston Villa Football Club, Twickenham Stadium and Dublin’s Aviva Stadium. Over the coming months, over 50 other sites will join the Kia Oval in serving up their visitors’ food orders in Notpla’s unique biodegradable packaging.

Prince William met with co-founder of Notpla Pierre Paslier and Levy UK + Ireland managing director Jon Davies at the Kia Oval to witness Notpla’s fully scaled sustainability solution in action. 

Notpla’s food packaging shows that the solution to the 14 million tonnes of plastic entering the oceans each year may also lie in our ocean too. The UK startup uses seaweed, one of nature's most abundant and fastest growing resources, to replicate the qualities of plastics, replacing millions of items of single-use plastic packaging.

Paslier said: “Since the first introduction from Prince William and some early stadium trials, we’ve been so inspired by Levy’s dedication to reducing environmental impact. They truly recognise the positive effect that they can have in stopping the production of millions of items of plastic packaging and, most importantly, are taking action. That’s something to be optimistic about.”

Levy has already introduced carbon-labelling on its menus to help customers make sustainable choices, banned air freight across all its fruit and vegetables, serves seasonally appropriate menus and has reduced its carbon emissions by as much as 60% by only serving plant-based desserts across its portfolio.

Davies added: “Levy UK + Ireland is determined to have a positive voice and demonstrate that by working together we can improve the health of our planet.

“Strategic partnerships are key to this success, and working with Notpla, a groundbreaking business, allows us to take another step in removing plastic from consumables and eliminating waste which would otherwise end up in landfills or oceans. This exclusive partnership means we will find solutions, and be able to look towards the future with hope.”