Sustainability

Our
Commitment

Local. Sustainable. Fair. One delivery at a time.

Marché Commun is actively working locally towards an equitable, viable and resilient future with a sustainable food delivery service that promises to restore a healthier natural environment by lowering GHG emissions through zero carbon bike delivery.

We're committed to raising awareness about the consumption and production of food packaging to mitigate the global plastic crisis and shift towards more sustainable practices.

By helping local restaurants deconstruct hierarchical structures of power in the industry and empowering them through low cost locally minded non-profit technology solutions, we aim to create a sustainable and resilient community asset that promotes an authentic Montreal experience.

Environment

Fighting climate change, one delivery at a time. By partnering with Chasseurs Courrier, Marché Commun helps reduce Montreal’s transportation carbon footprint up to 6000 kg worth of CO2 emissions per year for one restaurant.

Food For Thought

Climate change is caused by the increased concentration of atmospheric pollution such as GHG emissions. Did you know that the transportation sector is the biggest contributor? On a local level, this leads to the intense summer heat waves here - known as the heat island effect. Join us in Montreal’s commitment to reducing its dependence on fossil fuels by 80% by the year 2050.

Fun Facts - we are all decision makers and takers!

Restaurants
 
30 orders in a day x 30 different drivers (4km average round trip) = 24kg of CO2 emitted in one day!
That's close to 9T of CO2 a year for just one restaurant.

Cars 

One L of gas produces 2.3kg CO2.
Average Canadian car burns about 2000 L gas/every year = 4600kg CO2.
Quebecers  14,300 average kilometers/ year = .2kg of CO2 for every km.
Average mileage/year in Quebec: 14,300 KM (39.17km per day)
Calculate your CO2 emission here.

Restaurants

As a non-profit, Marché Commun supports restaurants during Covid-19 and beyond by offering a low commission delivery platform with a fixed rate of 1$ per order. Our platform empowers restaurants to keep up to 40% more of their profits! Join us in building a community asset that creates a sustainable local economy with a diverse network of businesses that isn’t just about the bottom line.

Food For Thought

With commission fees from 12% to 30% per order, foreign corporate delivery models leave restaurants with a low profit margin. The restaurant and accommodation industry has been the hardest hit industry since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. As of October 2020, the restaurant industry has lost a total of 286,000 jobs nationwide. On a local level, it could mean that more than 3000 restaurants could cease to exist in Montreal.

Couriers

Marché Commun promotes respect and dignity for essential workers! Chasseurs Courrier is a rider owned coop, providing stability and fair wages for their riders. Let’s treat our delivery workers as a valued workforce who deserve positive working conditions and a healthy quality of life.

Food For Thought

The median income of a gig worker is just above 4000$ a year. Gig workers are at risk for low and unstable pay, as well as poor working conditions such as micro-tracking, competitive work models, unstable hours and a lack of insurance or benefits. On average, food delivery drivers make 15$ an hour. They are also responsible for insurance, car payments, gas and personal costs. Drivers for delivery platforms are independent contractors, meaning that all their income comes strictly from the number of trips they can make in a given period. If they’re not able to work, there is no safety net to rely on.

Packaging

Marché Commun helps reduce plastic waste by educating restaurants and consumers about reusable and recyclable packaging. This is key to mitigating the global plastic crisis, also resulting in decreased GHG emissions. Let’s do our part by thinking globally and acting locally!

Food For Thought

Approximately 47% of plastic waste in Canada is due to packaging. The consumption and production of plastic packaging have negative effects in the delivery service industry. We must make wise decisions to help combat the enormous impact that packaging has on the environment - affecting our water, soil and atmosphere. The UN has declared the plastic pollution of oceans as a planetary crisis. In Canada, only 9% of plastic waste is recycled each year. This results in three million tons of plastics in our landfills!

List of sustainable packaging suppliers

Tilton QC, Canada
CanadaBrown Canada 
EcoPackaging Canada 
Eco2 Bureau   Canada 
Refresh Packaging Canada 
World-Centric  USA 
Avant-GrubUSA
EcoChoice/Webstaurant USA

Tips for restaurants:

Choices that are good for the bottom line AND the environment.

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1. Adjust menus to reduce infrequently ordered or wasted items, especially when designing for delivery and takeout.
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2. Adjust food purchasing schedule or policies to reduce excess food purchasing.
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3. Donate extra food to food banks, soup kitchens or shelters.

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4. Donate food scraps to animal shelters to make animal feed.


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6. Reduce takeout item packaging and only offer napkins, utensils, and single-use condiments upon request.


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8. Encourage customers to bring their own reusable containers for takeout orders or leftovers.


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9. Use Marché Commun for your delivery needs.


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