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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


The EU Parliament has banned disposable pastiche (stop since 2021) – Italian Cuisine

The EU Parliament has banned disposable pastiche (stop since 2021)

The good news comes from Strasbourg and points the lights once again on the plastic theme. Here's what will disappear in the next 3 years

Millions of kids marching for a better world and their Nobel Peace Prize nominee leader. The increasingly conscious and ecological choices of private companies, the assiduous commitment of institutions. Something has changed, since the nightmare of suffocating in a plastic sea has become of everyone. And to confirm the collective need to change (and eliminate) the small bad habits that have brought us here, comes good news from Strasbourg. The provision that provides for theelimination of disposable plastic objects by 2021 it was approved with 560 votes in favor and only 35 against.
The objectives of the provision also include recycling, greater involvement of producers in disposal processes and greater information directly to consumers. The labels of some particularly complicated products to be disposed of, must clearly indicate this.

The prohibited products (by 2021)

Cutlery, plates, straws, cotton buds, balloon sticks, oxy-degradable plastics, food containers and polystyrene cups. These are the products that will be eliminated in order to reduce the continuous need to dispose of disposable plastic items. But the effects of the provision do not end there. Producers of polluting materials such as cigarettes (butts represent a real environmental scourge) will be called upon to financially support the waste collection and disposal operations.

A new possibility for Europe

"Europe now has a legislative model to defend and promote internationally, given the global nature of the problem of marine pollution caused by plastics. This is essential for the planet, "commented Frèdèrique Ries, the rapporteur for the measure.
Sergio Costa, Environment Minister, also publicly supported the directive. «Historical vote in the European Parliament: the path to stop the disposable plastic in the EU is reality. As soon as the formal procedure will be concluded, indicatively at the end of April, we will immediately take action to implement the directive in Italy ".

Ferrero, stop (temporary) at the biggest Nutella factory – Italian Cuisine

Ferrero, stop (temporary) at the biggest Nutella factory

It is found in France, in Normandy, and produces about 600 thousand cans a day. The company found a «quality problem, which «does not concern any product on the market

The largest nutella factory in the world has stopped temporarily. It is the one located in Villers-Ecales in Normandy, where every day it would be packed, according to the French press, about 600 thousand jars of hazelnut cream. The stop was imposed by Ferrero the day after the publication of the group's annual data, which ended 2018 with revenues of 10.7 billion, an increase of 2%.

The company has suspended the activity as a precaution, to correct a "quality problem" that was detected during the checks, and which "does not apply to products on the market". An issue to be resolved, which however "will not prevent the regular supply of the product to customers". Ferrero wants investigate the incident and restore production as soon as possible.

«On Tuesday evening at 6.00 pm the reading of the results of quality control on one of the semi-finished products of the line that produces Nutella and Kinder Bueno revealed a defect that does not coincide with our quality standards and for this we temporarily stopped the machines, explains Ferrero with a note taken from the French press. Investigations on the problem «they should probably close by the weekend and will allow all necessary corrective measures to be taken ".

The company also confirmed a Republic that, on the market, non-compliant products were not introduced to the Ferrero quality standards, that production has been blocked only temporarily and that supplies will be regularly insured .

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