Would Durable Containers for Takeaway Food Work?

tupperware.jpgThe other day, my friend Brie and I were talking about the annoyance of getting gigantic styrofoam containers and plastic bags every time you order take-a-way from a restaurant or decide to take home leftovers. Why not make a little collapsable container that’s small enough to take with you when you go out to eat? Despite the potential for tackiness, it struck me as a good business idea. It seems, however, that good ol’ Tupperware has beaten us to it, offering a nifty series of collapsable containers which, concievably, could be used for just that purpose.
On another note, what if a delivery service gave you the food already in some kind of Tupperware style container? You might have to pay a deposit, but the next time you order you would just exchange the old Tupperware for the new one being delivered. They could be standardized so that many restaurants could share them. Hmm…. maybe corn-based biodegradables are better. What do you think?

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of TriplePundit.com

TriplePundit.com has since grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for TreeHugger.com, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.