CauliBox - Reusable lunchbox scheme

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CauliBox - Reusable lunchbox scheme

CauliBox - Reusable lunchbox scheme

Cauli Ltd By Cauli Ltd

CauliBox is London's first reusable lunchbox scheme to help food-to-go customers and outlets eliminate single-use food containers with a WebApp and a digital reward club.

City of Westminster Idea stage

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CauliBox is building a circular food economy through a network of reusable lunch boxes. We deliver washed and sterilised lunchboxes to food-to-go outlets, and collect them after customers have used and dropped them off. Our aim is to realise a world that fits our motto: Takeaway without the throw away. We are currently working with street markets and independent vendors in Westminster and Victoria to help them reduce single-use boxes. There are 3 main features that make us unique: 1. Convenient, safe & environmental: With convenient drop-off points, our boxes are collected daily to be professionally cleaned and sanitised before being returned to vendors. 2. Digitally-enabled: CauliApp does not only provide a one-stop solution to finding and returning CauliBoxes, it tracks sustainable behaviours and rewards CauliPoints which could be redeemed for experiences and goods. 3. No extra cost: Our scheme costs nothing except for a £5 one-time membership fee for customers to participate.

What we'll deliver:

  • Help independent food vendors in Westminster street markets fulfil their sustainability goals.
  • A reusable lunchbox scheme that is a win-win-win for customers, vendors, and the Earth.
  • Deliver an annual saving of one million single-use boxes in Westminster street markets by 2021.

Why it's a great idea:

In the UK, more than 11 billion pieces of food-to-go packaging thrown away every year in the UK alone. Less than one-third of all recyclable takeaway containers are recycled. Recycle should be used as a last resort solution, while priority should be given to reusable schemes. There are currently reusable box schemes and Bring-Your-Own-Box schemes in the market, yet they are usually localised, require work from vendors or customers, or charge users a premium. CauliBox is positioned to be an industry-wide solution. It rewards customers and increases exposure for vendors. We have concluded a trial at Tachbrook Market with a small focus group. 2/3 of respondents reported they reused and recycled more while on the scheme. 100% of respondents would download CauliApp and continue on the scheme. CauliBox is being funded by City of Westminster to run an extended 3-month pilot with 15 vendors and 150 participants at Tachbrook Market, before expanding to 7 other street markets by end-2019.

Steps to get it done:

  • Expand to 7 other street markets in Westminster. Sign up 100 food businesses & 6,000 customers by end-2019
  • Build a network of 400 outlets & vendors, with 100,000 APP downloads by end-2020

We offer the following for our funders: All funders get equivalent digital currency that can be spent on products and services in our future CauliApp; For £30, you also get a free lovely CauliBox made with bamboo fibre :) For £100, we will send you a CauliBox full of sustainable goodies!

Location City of Westminster

About the space

Eight street markets in Westminster


City of Westminster

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How will the money be spent?Total £11,087

UI Designs - £3,500 (32%)
Reusable CauliBox x 600 - £3,000 (27%)
Website design & upgrade - £2,000 (18%)
Branding - £1,500 (14%)
CauliBox Dropoff Points Setup - £500 (5%)
Other - £587 (5%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. Before entering fundraising these costs will be confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified by the verifier.

UI Designs
Reusable CauliBox x 600
Website design & upgrade
CauliBox Dropoff Points Setup
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on: We will use extra funds to set up more dropoff points for the convenience of customers and invest in a WebApp that makes collecting and dropping boxes easier for both food businesses and customers.

Total £11,087

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