Plastics catastrophically threaten our ecosystem. In the last decade, we have gone from using 317 bags per inhabitants to an average of 150 bags, a reduction of more than fifty percent. But there’s still a lot to do. In Spain, only 30 percent of plastics are recycled, and it must be taken into account that a bottle takes about 500 years to decompose.
France urged in 2016 the ban on the sale of plastic containers and Spain has taken good note to enter into force from January 1, 2020. The obligation on the part of the producers of plates, glasses, cups, cups, shots, straws, cutlery, etc., passes to use at least 50 percent of biodegradable substances and reach 60 percent in 2025.
The truth is that there is a lot of plastic, especially in supermarkets. Therefore, the British chain Sainsbury’s, a pioneer in launching a butcher shop without meat in the center of London, has been launched to reduce this material. From now on, it gets rid of plastic bags for fruits, vegetables, and bakery products. It is the first supermarket in the United Kingdom that is launched with this environmental initiative. Thus, it follows from the trays of fruits and vegetables, the film that covers the food, the plastic bowls that contain the red fruits (blueberries, raspberries, currants), the plastic cutlery that carries the prepared salads and the trays of Eggs, among other items.
The chain is also testing a section of frozen fruits to the weight so that the customer can mix the products and avoid excessive packaging if he decides to take several foods.
The good news, and indeed an incentive, is that these products that do not carry plastic are 15 percent cheaper than the others, driving their purchase.
Undoubtedly, the collection of plastic bags helps the consumer to resort to its establishment with a reusable bag, saving money and helping to care for the planet.
Keep in mind that every year the equivalent in garbage reaches 1,200 times the weight of the Eiffel Tower, according to Greenpeace. Therefore, there is a lot of awareness work ahead.