DDB Group Aotearoa NZ 12 DDB New Zealand

  • Pou Auaha / Creative Directors
    Matt Williams, Freddie Coltart, Damon Stapleton, Gary Steele
  • Ringatoi Matua / Design Directors
    Carla Shale, Musonda Katongo
  • Ngā Kaimahi / Team Members
    Johannes Gertz, Danillo Castillho, James Li, Liz Knox, Tom Reed, Sheetal Pradhan, Justin Koh, Sean Brown, Katy Hughes
  • Kaitautoko / Contributors
    Malila Christofferson, Amanda Summersby, Dan Cummings, Kat Egarr, Milon WIlliams, Trent Hall
  • Client
    Everybody Eats

A bitter irony:
17% of Kiwis don’t finish restaurant meals. Even though most of us want to take leftover food home, we don’t, for fear of judgment. – Love food Hate Waste 2020.

As a result, tonnes of good food needlessly goes to landfill every year – a daily frustration of chefs nationwide.

All the while, 1/5 Kiwis today live in food poverty.

Creating value from what was destined for landfill:

We needed to talk to diners, and in their moment of too much food, get them to think about those with too little.

To achieve that, we needed two things. A way to infiltrate the dining experience, and real discussion around the issue.

Goodie Box

A doggy bag, that lets you help those with nothing. So you can feel good to take leftovers home.

Simply scan the QR-code to give $5 (or more), and a hungry Kiwi gets a fresh meal at Everybody Eats (a charity restaurant chain).

We launched the project by creating discussion in the media about how we need to change our thinking around leftovers. Online, influencers lead by example, and on the way to dinner, we reminded diners with strategic OOH.

Execution and Evaluation:
The name:
Needed to convey goodness – nod to no-waste, feeding of the hungry, quality food, the sense of being a goodie/foodie.

The outputs:
• Box design and production
• Website
• Campaign – OOH, digi-display and social

The design needed to:
1. Be sustainable ¬– and look it, in keeping with the no-waste theme
2. Be distinctive – standing out in often dimly lit spaces, infiltrate the dining experience
3. Not cuisine-specific – we needed to partner with many restaurants
4. Appear to be an object of value, giving value to food inside

The box:
Made from plants, the recycled-card outer, and PLA inner allows the Goodie box to be recycled or composted.

The papercraft aesthetic – inspired by the box itself:
• The food shapes were hand-cut from paper, scanned and refined digitally, creating a pattern related to food but wasn’t food – and didn’t compete with restaurant menus/branding. Overlaid on brown paper, sympathetic to the wider recycling story, crafted to ensure colour stand-out in busy, dimly lit spaces

• Hand-crafted, hand-painted poster typography

• 3D food built like folded card and animated to tell the pay-it-forward story on the website

54 of NZ’s top, high value, restaurants on board since April 19 – all buying the boxes, buying meals, and promoting Everybody Eats at the table. An ongoing revenue stream from what was to be landfill.

100+ restaurants projected by 2022.

20,000 leftover meals have so far been taken home to feed hungry bellies.

90% of diners now take any substantial leftovers in Goodie Box restaurants according to evidence.

Saving tonnes of landfill every year.

Helping feed hundreds of Kiwis every day.

Thanks to the instant success of the Goodie Box, the initiative is looking to be rolled out in the UK in 2022.