Street food is now one of the main attractions for travellers choosing their destinations. People are spending more money on unique food experiences. Recently, street food has greatly contributed to the global tourism economy, but has become one of the most prolific single-use plastic contributors.
The Expandable Eco Street Food Ware is an ecological and economical response to the more expensive and environmentally harmful single-use plastic and Styrofoam containers which are mostly used to serve street food worldwide. This lightweight mono-material container is made with kraft paper, lined with food-grade wax paper to accommodate wet or dry food with rigidity and flexibility. It has a 10-inch diameter, when laid flat as a plate; and can be instinctively folded in many ways to hold various serving sizes.
Taking in different cultural street food influences, the container is ergonomically designed to have different functions ranging from a cone for handheld food to allow the consumer to be on the move, to a plate allowing consumers to sit down, and to enjoy their meal. The Expandable Eco Street Food Ware is also constructed for street food vendors to greatly minimise the space occupied by the container during storage and disposal, taking up less than 0.75 mm thick when folded.