About the end of disposable plastic coffee capsules
Do not you feel bad about throwing away so many disposable plastic coffee’s capsules a day? Well, the European Commission (EC) feels bad and upon the increase of non-biodegradable products, the EC recently announced new measures against the ten most used products based on plastics.
The Congress in Spain approved a little over two months ago to modify the existing legislation, with the objective of prohibiting the commercialization, importation and exportation of single-use plastic utensils after 2020. And measures have been created that aim to improve the state of the environment, as well as the proposal of some autonomous communities to prohibit the consumption of single-use coffee capsules.
The Government of the Balearic Islands was the first to collect this prohibition in a preliminary bill. Navarra joined a few days ago to this initiative, which is expected to enter into force on January 1, 2020.
According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Environment, the Aragoneses consume more than 300 tons of coffee in capsules over a year. Specifically, from January to June 2017 (first for which data are available), 172.5 tons of coffee capsules were taken, which means a consumption per person of 12 kilos. These data are slightly below the Spanish average, where the average expenditure was 15 kilos in six months.
Taking into account these data, it is not surprising that the Balearic Government was the first to promote changes (in advance of the European guidelines). In the Balearic Islands per capita consumption amounts to 20 kilos in half a year; a figure only exceeded by Catalonia: 21 kilos. On the opposite side, the community that is less committed to this mode of drinking coffee is Extremadura with only 7 kilos per person.
Within the European continent, more than two thirds of the demand for plastics are concentrated in five countries: Germany (24.9%), Italy (14.3%), France (9.6%), United Kingdom (7.7%). %) and Spain (7.4%).
The problem is not for less, disposable coffee capsules are made of aluminum and plastic, two materials that cause many problems in the environment due to its slow decomposition. Aluminum takes about 10 years on average to disappear, while plastic can be around 150 years.
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