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13 rooms give up non-recyclable plastic – Italian Cuisine

13 rooms give up non-recyclable plastic

The central square is the first plastic free in Italy: in 13 exercises, from the beginning of the month, only reusable or recyclable and compostable products are used

Never again a glass or a non-recyclable saucer, in the very central Piazza dei Signori, in Padua. Thirteen rooms, including bars, pizzerias and fast food restaurants have decided, since the beginning of the month, to definitively ban all that disposable plastic, which is used only once before becoming a polluting waste.

In these exercises they will be used, from now on, exclusively reusable products, such as ceramic plates, glass cups and steel cutlery, or even disposable products, but only if they are completely recyclable and compostable, and then made of PLA (the bioplastic produced with raw materials such as corn, wheat, beetroot or other cereals).

The proposal was launched during one of the meetings of the owners of the thirteen local, and immediately liked even the municipal administration. «It is an important gesture that demonstrates the environmental responsibility of exhibitors, willing to face even higher company costs, in order to help the environment ", confirms Erminio Alajmo, president of the Provincial Public Association (Appe). The initiative, which anticipates the times of the European Directive against disposable plastic, can also be re-proposed in other cities, to contribute decisively to environmental sustainability.

On the other hand, according to the latest survey Beach litter 2019 of Legambiente, which has monitored 93 Italian coastlines, 10 waste passes every step on Italian beaches. IS 81% is really represented by plastic with which the disposable objects such as bottles, dishes, straws and envelopes are produced, as confirmed by the report. "Every hundred meters of beach we cross 45 bottles e 34 plastic tableware: plates, glasses, cutlery and straws. Items we use for just a few minutes but which, if not properly disposed of, can pollute forever. Indeed the risk is that, if dispersed in the environment, they will fragment into billions of microplastics that can easily disperse in the sea and equally easily contaminate the food chain ".

Plastic waste becomes music at the Jova Beach Party – Italian Cuisine

THE plastic waste resound with new life, thanks to the music of Jovanotti it's at Sammontana, partner of Jova Beach Party. Seventeen concerts around Italy, in the most popular summer locations: the beaches.

Not just a concert with the most beautiful Jovanotti songs, but also a dj set, one party, a playground, a beautiful day at sea, but above all a moment to celebrate the nature and raise awareness to respect for the environment.

The first commandment of the Jova Beach Party is really "respect and defend the beach and the sea". We put it into practice on the Rimini date, urged by the cry to the Revolution di Lorenzo: there is a need to pay more and more attention to sustainability, Really love our planet and get to a totally plastic-free world as soon as possible. It starts from the beaches that host the Jova Beach Party, where you can make the recycling and that they will be carefully cleaned of any waste produced during the concerts. But it doesn't end there.

Positive Sound

In all the stages of the tour it will be possible to buy a 33 laps made with recycled plastic, collected from Italian beaches. From this waste a 3D filament will be obtained to create the disc, on which a song from the concert performed by Jovanotti during the first stage will then be engraved.

A'limited edition of 1000 records, sold online (by clicking here) and delivered at the end of the tour. The proceeds of the sale will be entirely donated to WWF.

The beach, the heat, the summer on … couldn't miss ice cream of course! For the occasion, Sammontana also launched a special edition of the stick Loving, the vanilla and cocoa-free ice cream without milk, customized specifically for the Jova Beach Party.

Plastic stop: return to bulk – Italian Cuisine

Plastic stop: return to bulk

We are really overwhelmed by a sea of ​​plastic. And food packaging is literally invading the world. The first zero-packaging supermarket was born 5 years ago in Berlin: at the moment, unfortunately, it has not yet become the forefather of an army of shops that have banned plastic & c. Rather, disposable plastic reignswhile the plastic she was born to be a tool for the realization of long lasting products. The small portion sizes are getting smaller, the bulky packaging and the layers in which the food is wrapped increase. Top of the horror: 33 cl of water, or a third of a liter, or four sips of water, imprisoned in endless plastic bottles. It is also true, however, that the practice of offering bulk products is increasingly widespread. Even in large retailers. And thanks to consumers who appreciate its value,

At the same time, plastic-not plastic – biodegradable and even from renewable sources is now a reality. But it is certainly not the plastic currently used by the food industry – and by distribution chains. So for now it will not save the world.

Moreover only 9% of the plastic at the end of its use it was recycled, while 12% incinerated and 79% accumulated in landfills or dispersed in the environment, with serious damage for ecosystems. And the demand is constantly growing. The European Union has started a job to get todisposable removal; the problem is that rather than giving ‘recommendations’ to individual states. In short, the EU cannot lay down the law. The business yes, instead: the plastic market for 2020 is estimated at around 654.38 billion dollars and, by 2050, the share of hydrocarbons dedicated to plastics will reach 14%, compared to 6% in 2014. They are impressive numbers. But in the world they are forming unexpected awareness.

Even in our country, that is behaving well: Italy is one of the most advanced as for the fight againstdisposable and the recovery of plastics much better than the continental average, coming to 45% of recycling). And now it's time for the return to bulk, a practice that was the norm at the time of our grandparents. Pasta, rice, flour, beans, but also coffee, candy and detergents and more. Not only in ethnic shops, grocery stores, markets, direct producers or organic points – all to be re-evaluated, moreover. Even some supermarkets offers loose products, to be awarded.

Packaging is obviously not free for consumers, who actually pay them at a high price, included in the cost of the final product. Buying the bulk you save a lot. The consumer uses containers he already has (or sometimes data on loan from the point of sale) is choose freely among the products not overloaded by the price of the "packaging". Not only: choose freely the quantity of product to take home. Which is a great advantage, given that the counterpart of the single-dose in the large-scale retail trade are large packages and given that the purpose in large-scale distribution is to push the consumer to buy more than necessary, often one returns home with more than one's own needs. And maybe you end up throwing something away …

This smart way to shop it also has other advantages: you buy more directly from the manufacturer; the amount of waste in your own home is reduced, saving space and encouraging practicality (once you have organized yourself initially, it's really simple, and sometimes have less choice than the 2000 packs of different brands that basically offer the same product, it's just an advantage).

In supermarkets and standard stores, on the other hand, now even fruits and vegetables they are more and more often laid down like corpses (and in fact lose their vitality) on plastic coffins and wrapped in shrouds of the same material. Tip: at the supermarket, put the adhesive label directly on vegetables and / or multiple labels in a bag. Then notify the cashier and share the reason for your action! On the other hand, for fruits and vegetables it is still generally easier to find bulk wine. just choose the right retailer, and maybe take your own resistant shopping bags with you.

Even the wine it is increasingly loose: we are not talking about bag-in-boxes, but wine bars that sell it in cans or bottles that you bring from home, often have table wines that are more than decent and cheap.

From the North to the South, there are more and more points of sale who sell at least part of the bulk products. Do not underestimate the markets and the grocery stores or the ethnic shops that still have the old-fashioned FIBCs, with cereals, spices & c. And then in various places in the Bel Paese they are already born zero-packaging shops: from Mamma Natura to the DiVino Corner in Milan; Verdesfuso in Como and Verde Sfuso in Genoa; Mille Bolle in Mantova (detergents); Sacco Matto in Turin; Effe Corta in Milan, Padua, Capannori and Prato (where it is also outside the boxes); Ettogrammo in Verona; Verde Serre in Reggio Emilia; Bio-packed in Pisa; Pesonetto in Pesaro; Soaping in Rome, ProSud in Naples; All in bulk in Altamura; La Bottega del Pulito in Potenza; Enough in Spezzano della Sila; Light shop in Palermo. And it's just some, really. Explore your area and ask in bulk & on tap about your trusted stores!

Carola Traverso Saibante
June 2019


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