Already in the past years, companies have started to explicit their intention to reduce or to ban completely plastic items, for example, the BBC aims at eliminating all the single-use items by 2020.
It is not always possible to avoid the use of disposable products, such as in the medical sector, but for sure even if you need to use mono-use items there are certainly greener alternatives to plastic. Worldwide companies are making plans and setting up objectives to become eco-friendly and set the example.
Many campaigners protested against the use of plastic cups, as we use them nearly everyday, think about take away coffee cups for your morning coffee, or cups at the canteen or during parties or picnics. It seems normal to use plastic cups at times, because it would be impossible to carry the standard ones. To support the reduction of plastic, companies have been starting to utilise biodegradable plastic cups which are made of greener materials with minimum or low impact on the environment.
Do you use biodegradable cups in your company?
For sure, even if biodegradable cups are available, it’s up to the individuals to buy them or not, and we believe companies play an important role in “leading the way” as BBC confirms, in educating their customers and employers and bringing the change.
For example, in offices there should be a water dispenser with biodegradable cups, and this in place of plastic bottles.
Bar and restaurants and all the companies in the catering industry should substitute their disposable cups with biodegradable ones. By communicating this choice, two benefits are obtained:
- people are educated to the problem of plastic pollution
- environmentalist consumers are attracted (so it becomes a marketing tool).
It would be interesting if institutions would offer incentives to prize the efforts of companies which try to reduce plastic consumption and use eco-friendly materials.
Not only companies can be seen as a role model, in fact, sometimes consumers themselves are socially and environmentally responsible and able to anticipate the changes of the companies. For example, 900 thousand customers asked Starbucks to start using bio cups (even if we are sure the giant had already some plans in this respect).
Biodegradable cups: what are they made of?
Biodegradable cups are made of biodegradable plastic, this material derives from renewable resources, such as cornstarch and disintagrate thanks to the action of living organisms, such as bacteria.
The material more used for cups is PLA which derives from corn starch and that is resistant to high temperatures, so it’s ideal for coffee cups as well.
Now that you read this article, do you prefer biodegradable cups compared to the one made of plastic? Let us know your thoughts.
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