Rumors about the new action plan against plastic waste in the EU has reached the media. Although some of these news pointed to the ban on disposable plastic cups including single-use utensils, there was no convincing and incontestable proof.
Recently the draft has been leaked that the European Commission will submit for approval. This document contains a whole list of items that will soon no longer be available on the shelves of European supermarkets: pajitas, plastic cutlery, disposable plates and plastic cups. According to representatives of the European Union who drafted the bill, It is estimated that these items "represent the 86% of single use plastics found in the counts made on the beaches of the Union '.
The regulatory germ has yet to face the chamber of the European Parliament and member states, but everything indicates that no obstacles will be put to the passage of the standard. Waste plastics have generated an unprecedented crisis. In the words of spokesman Ellen MacArthur Foundation, soon we could be talking about the ocean is home for more plastic bottles fish.
The critical situation is well understood by European government administration. "The Commission has understood and is introducing measures to fully approve ... Given the scale and urgency of the crisis pollution by plastic, Expectant we are now implementing this proposal and a free sea of plastic '.
This law is not an anomaly. It is part of a set of developments in the global legal framework that begins to grow. France promoted this type of behavior just over two years ago, and China has stopped importing products that do not meet their demands on plastics.
With a storm hovering over all business. Some have already started without plastic items to adapt to changing times.
Boston Tea Party stop using disposable plastic cups in their establishments
Owner Boston Tea Party, Sam Roberts, progress has been made to European regulations. So good, it is not yet clear whether these will affect you, as the 21 franchise establishments are spread throughout the Midlands and South West (United Kingdom), where they face a feeling of uncertainty among restaurateurs because of the consequences of Brexi, which is not even known if arriving, let alone the impact it could have on businesses known.
But Sam has not taken this initiative to be forced but a firm conviction that reduction of plastic waste and sustainability in the restoration are two pillars on which companies must be based future. According to this visionary, disposable plastic cups used in the cafeterias take away "It is meaningless".
There are many cafes discussing measures applicable capable of alleviating the impact of the crisis plastic, but these corrections take place in, in the words of executive director of the chain, "Too-distant future".
Sam has granted a adaptation period for customers, but the gears sustainability restoration They will not stop now, at least not in the Boston Tea Party: "We must stop [waste made up of plastic cups]right now". How it will do this line of cafes? There are three options offered:
- Customers can bring their own reusable cup.
- Has been made available to the consumer a loan service vessels.
- Customers can purchase a glass on site.
The entrepreneur knows that caring for the environment will cost you dearly. It has estimated the loss around a million pounds. But that does not stop him: "We will make this work and share the details with anyone who wants our help to do the same". This reduction in the use of plastics means a blow for manager, but the sustainability restoration have a positive economic impact on the social level.
That same perception of the social damage caused by disposable plastic stimulates new rules for restaurants that environmental taxes could apply to such items. Currently the application of a rate of a quarter pound shuffled on these drinks.
In any case have alternative dining options. In addition to the proposals by Boston Tea Party, he use of biodegradable vessels (made of cardboard or starch) is a viable possibility that many businesses already use green.
It seems that the next decade brings similarities to the twenties of the last century, in which ceramic cups and paper packaging prevailed in the hospitality industry, restaurants and food. This retro fashion is welcome. The planet also enjoy.