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Odyssey restaurants and cafes to replace the plastic cup

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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.

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.

La solución a la crisis de los vasos desechables podría estar en manos del consumidor. En Berkeley el gobierno local anima a que los ciudadanos lleven un «vaso de viaje». Los jóvenes de la generación Z así como la cohorte de personas que compone la generación T (todos ellos menores de quince años) podrían estar predispuestos a acoger esta iniciativa. En la actualidad una de las modas que hace furor entre las adolescentes estadounidenses es la estética VSCO girl, cuyos estandartes son, entre otros, las pajitas metálicas (para sustituir a las desechables de plástico) y los hydroflasks, un nombre comercial para lo que vendría a ser ese «vaso de viaje» que se pedía desde Berkeley.

Hace 10 años Starbucks indicó públicamente que pretendía servir el 25% de los cafés servidos en su establecimiento en los vasos personales traídos por los clientes. Desde entonces esta cifra se ha revisado a la baja en múltiples ocasiones. Puede que la idea comience a cuajar ahora que la alarma social es mayor y existe cierta predisposición.

Mientras se llega a una solución final, las diferentes cadenas de cafeterías siguen luchando por un modelo de vaso desechable que ayude a aumentar la sostenibilidad en la restauración. Las tapas de materiales reciclados fueron un paso al frente, se ha experimentado con pajitas de pasta con escaso éxito, la escalabilidad de los vasos hechos con derivados fúngicos resultó ser económicamente inviable… La comunidad de investigadores no se detiene en ningún momento.

Dunkin’ Donuts, una de las corporaciones de restauración organizada más comprometidas con el medio ambiente también trabaja mano a mano con los municipios para mejorar el reciclaje de los vasos desechables actuales. Todavía hay muchas ineficiencias en cada uno de los pasos que han de reconvertir el material del vaso en un nuevo objeto, y allí también se puede incidir.

Hacer que los plásticos desechables empleados en restauración queden obsoletos y que aparezcan nuevas soluciones más respetuosas con el medio natural no es un asunto trivial. Desde Dunkin’ Donuts, Scott Murphy, director ejecutivo de operaciones, ruega al público que comprendan que el desafío que comporta este pequeño cambio es mucho mayor de lo que aparenta.

Parece que el vaso desechable sostenible medioambientalmente aún se hará de rogar. Las alternativas son la espera o la adopción del vaso personal.

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Artículo realizado por el equipo de redacción de DiegoCoquillat.com. Cuenta con profesionales tanto en el terreno de la hostelería, gastronomía y turismo, como en de las nuevas tecnologías e innovación.

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