25 April 2022
AION and Sodexo to develop circular takeaway solutions in Norway
With the use of fully circular takeaway solutions, the CO2 footprint may be reduced by 96 % compared to single use plastic items for take away food.
The Norwegian circular tech company AION and Sodexo, a global leading food services and facilities management company, have signed an agreement to develop a concept for reusable and circular takeaway solutions for canteens and kitchens in Norway.
The goal of the concept is to develop fully circular take away solutions and other products that are made from recycled material from Sodexo’s own operations. A part of the circular concept will be a return solution to guarantee that if items need replacing after many uses, they will go back into the material loop, meaning no plastic waste.
An overall goal for the project is reduced environmental impact of the business, and by using fully circular products, the results may be 96 % reduction in CO2 footprint compared to single use plastic (and 90% reduction compared to cardboard boxes) and completely plastic waste free.
"Sodexo Norway is proud to enter into a “Circularity as a Service”-model with an ambitious startup as AION. Our clients expect us to deliver climate smart food packaging solutions, especially on take away and lunchbox for home office. Less waste, reduced CO2 footprint and traceability is key to drive this development,”
says Kirstine Holst, Head of Sustainability & Strategy of Sodexo AS.
The intention of the development project is to work towards the full-scale integration of the product into a circular value chain as a part of the AION Circularity as a Service (CaaS) model.
"We’re excited about this collaboration with an international and highly reputable partner as Sodexo, where we together can put our efforts in developing solutions for circularity in canteens and kitchens. This project is made possible by our high standards and strict requirements for food contact products, but also the ability to trace items and collect data through the entire value chain,"
says Runa Haug Khoury, CEO of AION.
Tormod Sandstø, Director Communications
t: +47 90 94 32 15 / e: Tormod.firstname.lastname@example.org
AION’s Circularity as a Service (CaaSSM) purpose is to industrially scale a circular plastic economy, by offering a data-driven solution for reporting together with a physical circular product replacing existing linear product value chains. AION Loop is the digital platform that collects and utilises data from AION’s circular value chain to create value for customers in the form of product and material traceability, ESG KPI-reporting and circularity insights. Read more on aion.eco.
Founded in Marseille in 1966 by Pierre Bellon, Sodexo is the global leader in services that improve Quality of Life, an essential factor in individual and organizational performance. Operating in 56 countries, Sodexo serves 100 million consumers each day through its unique combination of On-site Services, Benefits & Rewards Services and Personal & Home Services. In Norway, Sodexo provides clients an integrated offering: from foodservices, reception, maintenance and cleaning, to facilities management. Sodexo’s success and performance are founded on its independence, its sustainable business model and its ability to continuously develop and engage its 412,000 employees throughout the world.
Sodexo is included in the CAC Next 20, CAC 40 ESG, FTSE 4 Good and DJSI indices.