Drink-Buddy is Eco-Buddy
In 2015, United Nations General Assembly adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Among the major issues discussed, environmental issues and especially plastic waste was regarded as an urgent and an important global concern. Promoting 'eco' products has become
Mostly plastic is used in the food and beverages industry, to make containers and bags for packaging and delivery purpose, cups, straws, and plates etc. Many times these products are used for single use which generates large amount of plastic waste. This waste is harmful for animals and affects many resources we are receiving from the oceans.
Panasonic has developed a high-density molding "environment-friendly" resin made of plant-derived "cellulose fiber." With Asahi Breweries, it has used the material to make Forest Tumbler, a reusable cup for drinking beer. For the research and verification purpose, Asahi Breweries sold 4,000 of these cups in Tsukuba Craft Beer Fest 2019 for three days and reduced the use of approx. 15,000 disposable plastic cups.
Mr. Toru Kohara from Asahi Breweries said, "Our future goal is to do away with 'disposable' behavior in and unto itself. Changing consumer behavior is what I call 'innovation' and, with the influence we have on the industry, it is significant in terms of sending the message and arousing awareness that we do it first."
As majority of coffee drinkers choose takeaway option from coffee shops and they end up wasting many cups. Last year a survey estimated approximately 100 million cups of coffee were consumed by the British population per day. The suitable option to avoid this wastage is to always carry travel mug, a reusable coffee mug made from mostly bamboo, stainless steel, glass, ceramic and with the combination of these materials.
There are manufacturers including Global WAKEcup, rCUP, Thermos, KeepCup, Ecoffee, Huskup present in the market, selling cups which are light in weight, keeps coffee hot and are leak proof. Plus, some coffee makers provide discounts to promote the use of reusable mugs.
Sam Langdon, head of coffee at Caravan Coffee Roasters said, "The polyethylene liner that binds most cardboard coffee cups means they cannot physically be recycled. With cafes and coffee shops taking ownership and offering financial incentives to their customers, alongside more of a focus on sustainability and our planet in the media, it's something as consumers we feel we can do very easily, with big results."
It is expected that the global sales of food service packaging industry will reach to ~US$ 31 billion by the year 2027. With the environment awareness, demand for eco-friendly reusable products in the food and beverages industry is increasing, mainly for packaging category.
To reduce the use of plastic waste almost every country’s government is implementing strict regulations and many manufactures/engineering firms are also performing R&D to make innovative products that are made from the non-plastic material.
At this stage, as the globe is suffering from climate change and we at this point can’t neglect any issue that affects the eco system.
Neha writes articles on sectors including medicine, food, materials, and science & technology. A qualified statistician, she has the ability to observe and analyze the trends in global markets and write compelling articles that help CXOs in decision making. She is a bookworm and loves to read fiction, lifestyle, science and technology. Neha comes with 6 years of experience in content writing and editing that involves blog writing, preparation of study materials and OERs.