Philip, a university student in St Andrews, stumbled into the world of delivery after taking a part-time courier role with a multinational food delivery corporation.
He quickly learned of chronic injustices for delivery cyclists, independent restaurants, the environment and the community. Vehicles were given booking priority over bikes, restaurant commissions were paying up to 40% commission including VAT, large polluting vehicles were assigned to walking-distance deliveries and the resulting air pollution was impacting the health of the local community.
After switching from cycle to car to keep up with this reality and to make ends meet, Philip experienced first-hand what ditching the bike really means, both for delivery cyclists themselves and for the local community.
He was delivering in beautiful towns from Edinburgh to Perth, but was missing the convenience, agility, and both mental and physical health benefits of bike delivery. In a world where urban delivery emissions are also set to spike over 30% by 2030, Philip knew he had to flip the script: he set out to create a food delivery app with fairness, wellbeing and community at its core.
Fast forward to February 2020, Stewart met Philip and the two founded ecoeats.
Our concept? Zero delivery emissions, fair commission rates for our partners and delivery riders, by bringing back bikes into the heart of our communities.
Stewart built the technology of ecoeats from the ground up, whilst Philip managed front-end liason with partners, ecoeats riders, and building our ecoeats team. After signing a few independent businesses, ecoeats began delivering a fairer deal in the beautiful seaside town of St Andrews.