VYTAL – the digital deposit-free
reusable system

Quote VYTAL: “We think plastic waste in To Go Food is very annoying and a big waste of resources. That’s why VYTAL is building the free and convenient reusable system for everyone, where we can use the same reusable bowls every­where food is served. This way we save plastic waste and enjoy deli­cious food without a guilty conscience.”

The Stud­i­er­enden­werk Siegen shares this view of the young company, which presented its innov­ative solu­tion in September 2020 in the well-known start-up funding format “Die Höhle der Löwen”.

To use VYTAL, the following steps are required (step-by-step instruc­tions can also be found here):

Down­load the free VYTAL app, where you register:


Procedure in the catering facility

In the Stud­i­er­enden­werk facility, the take-away food is ordered as usual and the employees fill the dish into the high-quality, dense reusable bowl.
At the checkout, the QR code is shown in the app and the bowl is saved in your customer account.


The return process is very easy. The bowl can be returned to all Stud­i­er­enden­werk catering estab­lish­ments within 14 days. If other catering providers also use VYTAL, the bowl can also be returned there.

At the facility, the bowl is checked, scanned back in, removed from your app account and then hygien­ic­ally cleaned in the gast­ro­nomic dish­washer for the next use.
This way, the bowl is quickly returned to the system and can be released for use again to save even more plastic waste.

What if I miss the return deadline?

Before the dead­line passes, there will be several reminders via the app to return the bowl. If the bowl is not returned, €10 will be due after 14 days so that we can replace the bowl and continue to save CO2 emis­sions. Just in case, the return period can also be extended by one week for €1.

Video instruc­tions

How the whole thing works is explained again in detail in these videos:


Vytal has thus found a modern and simple way to save a massive amount of waste. In Germany, each person produces 226.5 kg of pack­aging waste per year. This is avoidable.

In addi­tion, the bowls are of partic­u­larly high quality:

  • 100% leak-proof,
  • BPA-free,
  • suit­able for microwave and (indus­trial) dishwashers.

The Stud­i­er­enden­werk Siegen has thus found another way to estab­lish a sustain­able reusable system with high quality on campus.

You can enjoy your food without a guilty conscience or waste. In the app you can see how much you have already saved and done for the environment.

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