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Indian restaurant owner bids to become Britain’s greenest takeaway with Nissan LEAF

The LEAF is being put to use by Indian Summer in Brighton as owner Minesh Agnihotri trials a new environmentally friendly waste-free service in the city.

To reduce the packaging and waste associated with takeaways, the members-only club being piloted by the restaurant will see takeaway orders delivered in reusable metal containers known as tiffins. Customers then simply wash the tiffins and hand them back to the delivery driver next time they place an order. 

Using the LEAF for deliveries will also allow the business to dramatically reduce its delivery costs and carbon footprint. Minesh estimates that making his deliveries by LEAF would save £8,000 per year. 

Minesh said: “I spent a lot of time in India as a child and my mum used to send me to school with my lunch in a tiffin. It was a brilliant system as nothing ever went to waste and everything was reuseable.

“Since opening Indian Summer I’ve always had the idea of introducing a tiffin club for my members and the arrival of the new 30kWh LEAF has allowed me to make it happen.

“The vast majority of Brighton people are very environmentally conscious and I’m sure they’re going to love the idea of having a quality Indian meal delivered in a reusable, green container by a zero emissions electric car.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.