Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment of Takeaway Food Packaging: 
A Case Study from the University of Johannesburg
                

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INTRODUCTION

Hello, my name is Katharina Gihring, a Research Coordinator at the University of Johannesburg. I would like to invite you to take part in this study for the Process, Energy and Environmental Technology Station (UJ PEETS) and my MSc Environmental Management degree. I have selected you to participate in this study because you are a student or staff member, and you may have some insight on the use of food packaging at our university. 

AIM OF THE STUDY
The aim of this study is to investigate the use and environmental impact of the foam food containers (also known as Styrofoam or polystyrene container) that are currently used on campus and to compare it with alternative containers. The social perception and affordability of the various food takeaway containers will also be investigated.
    
PARTICIPATION
Participation in this study is voluntary and you are given the option to either participate by providing the required primary data or to stop at any time without any negative impacts on your wellbeing. Participation is anonymous as no data will be collected that could identify you. The questionnaire should not take longer than 20 minutes.

The study has been approved by the Faculty Ethics Committee of the University of Johannesburg and supports UJ’s commitment to the South African Plastics Pact. If you are interested in the results of the study, please submit your email address using the link provided at the end of the survey. I will send you a digital version of the main findings when the study is completed. The separate link for your email address will guarantee your anonymity, none of your responses to the questionnaire can be linked to your email address

If you have any questions about this study, you can contact:

Researcher´s contact details
Katharina Gihring
Katharinag@uj.ac.za

Supervisor´s contact details
Prof Isaac T. Rampedi
isaacr@uj.ac.za
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