Concern about the amount of disposable plastic we produce and consequently reach landfills has not only increased in recent years. Discontent is evident when we also know that much of this waste arrive in our rivers and seas, polluting the waters and decimating aquatic life.
Worst, is that this is a relatively new problem associated with the growth of the human population. The consequences of discharges of plastics taking place on a daily basis are still not well known. Newscasts half the world now echo the problems of microplásticos, term that did not exist 10 years ago. These particles are ubiquitous, part and soil, rainwater and even our diets. How that will affect us is still unknown.
Even though late, the nations of the world have begun to react.
The European Union has decided that disposable plastic They should disappear 2021. This is a decisive and pioneering bet that has already resulted in the EU countries legislate to make it a reality. The extra costs will now pay for plastic bags in grocery stores is one of the ways that has materialized this European initiative. A small inconvenience is easily remedied by using reusable polypropylene bags, that can last a lifetime without deterioration.
The example set by the EU has been copied by India. Drenched beaches on the Indian Ocean and hand the Afroz lawyer Shah movement was born #TrashTag. The intention was to clean Versova Beach, which he wore landfill. Youth committed to the environment responded to the call of Afroz. These initial campaigns were breeding grounds for the country that the government would promote green laws, as to come into effect in 2022 and that will ban disposable plastic.
The same happens in Taiwan. The country's government is committed to achieving this goal 2030. Southeast Asian countries need a comprehensive change in the way they operate as they are currently the biggest polluters by plastic. Hence the challenge is much greater than in the West and that deadlines should be more permissive.
in EE. THE. the paradigm is also somewhat slowly replaced, fault that is not so faster are partly the retrogressive policies that the country has been subjected in recent years. Nevertheless, in cities like New York or Berkeley (California) It has promoted the adoption of especially laws designed to combat disposable plastics and encourage waste reduction.
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Although the horizon is clear, the way it is not so much.
Companies have relied for the past 80 plastics years to develop its operations with good performance. Now you have to say goodbye to disposable plastics, Many of these businesses are facing a real challenge. How to replace these packages and useful so convenient?
Here they are, indeed, many restaurant chains organized, among which the case of fast-food franchises and those engaged in the sale of coffee. Disposable cups are about to disappear and must be able to continue serving soft drinks and hot beverages without interruption.
Starbucks exemption 6000 millions of these glasses a year. Dunkin’ Donuts It depends heavily on its sales of coffee, that already make up the 70% of its total turnover. They do get others 1000 million plastic cups Disposable to the streets each year. Y McDonald’s, that from the eighties opted for breakfast, also recently it pounced on this market segment with all its momentum. A) Yes, the hamburger chain is also greatly contributing to the final count..
But while market penetration may have been recently, the search for a replacement for disposable plastic used in restoration (cutlery, pajitas, dishes, vessels and the like) It is a matter that It takes a long time investigated, because the board director of these companies knew in advance that the day on which fomentasen such legislative changes would come sooner or later
Unfortunately, It has come sooner rather: there is no good substitute for plastic cups. Dunkin 'Donuts will begin using paper cups this year. Far from perfect, paper cups pose a step in the right direction: They are completely recyclable and biodegradable. Nevertheless, They are very resistant and can present problems when containing hot liquids. The research team, development and innovation of Dunkin 'Donuts can take a breath and rest briefly, but they will have to return to their chores to find a better solution.
Although the pressure seems to fall on the cafeteria restaurants takeaway, the reality is that the public eye should monitor how the industry producing these disposable cups unfolds.
Worldwide each year are used 600 000 Disposable million units made of plastic. He 99.75% The estos us we recycle reuse. And although plastic components used quickly biodegradable, this is only by making comparison with other plastics; the vessels can remain intact until 20 years.
The industry that provides cafes and other catering businesses in which disposable plastics are used in this kind is valued at 12 000 million during the last estimate of the market managed conducted in 2016. By then it was expected that 2026 reached an assessment of 20 000 millions, according to the growth of world population and increasing consumerist behavior.
The solution to the crisis of disposable cups could be in the hands of the consumer. Berkeley local government encourages citizens to take a "glass journey '. Youth Generation Z and the cohort of people who make up the generation T (all under fifteen) They may be predisposed to accept this initiative. Currently one of the fashions that rages among American teenagers is the aesthetic VSCO girl, whose standards are, among others, the metal straws (to replace disposable plastic) and the hydroflasks, a trade name for what would become the "glass journey" which called from Berkeley.
Does 10 years Starbucks said publicly that he intended to serve 25% coffees served in their establishment on personal glasses brought by customers. Since then this figure has been revised down multiple times. the idea may now begins to set social alarm that is greater and there is some bias.
While you reach a final solution, the different coffee chains are fighting for a disposable cup model that helps increase sustainability in restoration. The caps were recycled to the front step, It has experimented with straws of pasta with little success, the scalability of the glasses made with fungal derivatives proved to be economically unfeasible ... The research community does not stop at any time.
Dunkin’ Donuts, one of the corporations most committed to restoring organized environment also works closely with municipalities to improve current recycling disposable cups. There are still many inefficiencies in each of the steps that have to reconvert the glass material into a new object, and there may also be an impact.
Make disposable plastics used in restoration become obsolete and new solutions appear more respectful with the natural environment is not a trivial matter. Desde Dunkin’ Donuts, Scott Murphy, chief operating officer, begs the public to understand that the challenge that behaves this small change is much greater than it appears.
It seems that environmentally sustainable disposable cup will still begging. The alternatives are awaiting adoption or glass of staff.