Say goodbye to plastic plates in France.
All disposable dishes in France will instead have to be made from biologically sourced materials. The products must be able to be composted.
France banned plastic bags in July, a move other countries have also made, but France is the first to extend these types of bans to plastic cutlery and dishes.
France has been a leader on climate change and hosted the Paris Climate Change Conference in 2015.
The country’s newest ban has attracted criticism from packaging industry lobbyists, who say that the ban violates European Union rules on the free movement of goods, the AP says.
The proposal was first introduced by the Europe Ecologie-Greens Party.
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A cornerstone of our current economy, consuming goods, may give us fleeting pleasure, but it isn’t making us happier. Studies show the pleasure derived from food, sex, exercise and time with loved ones or doing meaningful work takes much longer to fade.
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It’s tough for life on a plastic planet
- Evidence suggests Earth is entering an ‘Age of Plastic’
- Plastics can travel thousands of miles and get caught up in ‘oceanic garbage patches’
- If all the plastic made in the last few decades was clingfilm there would be enough to put a layer around the whole Earth
- Plastics are so durable and widespread that they will form fossils to persist into the Earth’s far future
Although now indispensable, plastics are easily disposable. Discarded in various ways after use, we see them widely around us as litter. The scope and range of plastic contamination have become increasingly apparent over the last few decades, and it is now regarded as a major, and growing, environmental hazard (see below)
The amount projected by 2050, on current trends, is about 40 billion tonnes (Rochman et al., 2013)
The cumulative amount produced as of 2015 is of the order of 5 billion tonnes, which is enough to wrap the Earth in a layer of cling film, or plastic wrap. The current global annual production represents ∼40 kg of plastics produced annually for each of the 7 billion humans on the planet, approximating the total human biomass
We at Ekotallrik are trying to do our part by bringing an option to use of plastic plates and bowls. More than 50% of plastics used once and then thrown away!!
The more we read and stumble on facts about the damage caused by the use plastics, surer we get about our mission. Sad to know that 15 minutes of pleasure nibbling between meals (on a plate or bowl made out of plastic or “recycle” material) will cost a lot to the environment forever, since “plastic never goes away”…
Everyone can help by asking your vendor or snack bar to provide you with compostable dishes (EkoTallrik, for example), whilst in a festival or outdoor event, try to do you part to help the environment.
Compostable materials are the final solution to the problem of disposal. Be on the forefront of the movement that can make a difference. By using products made out compostable materials you can help encourage new researchers and boot possibilities, at the same time generate jobs for low-income people.
We give you now 8 simple reasons not to use plastics
1) Plastic never goes away. Plastic is a durable material made to last forever, yet illogically, 33 percent of it is used once and then thrown away. Plastic cannot biodegrade; it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces.
2) Plastic spoils our groundwater. There are thousands of landfills in the United States. Buried beneath each one of them, plastic leachate full of toxic chemicals is seeping into groundwater and flowing downstream into lakes and rivers.
3) Plastic attracts other pollutants.
Manufacturers’ additives in plastics, like flame retardants, BPAs and PVCs, can leach their own toxins. These oily poisons repel water and stick to petroleum-based objects like plastic debris.
4) Plastic threatens wildlife. Entanglement, ingestion and habitat disruption all result from plastic ending up in the spaces where animals live. In our oceans alone, plastic debris outweighs zooplankton by a ratio of 36-to-1.
5) Plastic piles up in the environment. Americans discard more than 30 million tons of plastic a year. Only 8 percent of that gets recycled. The rest ends up in landfills, is incinerated, or becomes the invasive species known as ‘litter.’
6) Plastic poisons our food chain. Even plankton, the tiniest creatures in our oceans, are eating microplastics and absorbing their toxins. The substance displaces nutritive algae that creatures up the food chain require.
7) Plastic affects human health. Chemicals leached by plastics are in the blood and tissue of nearly all of us. Exposure to them is linked to cancers, birth defects, impaired immunity, endocrine disruption and other ailments.
8) Plastic costs billions to abate. Everything suffers, tourism, recreation, business, the health of humans, animals, fish and birds—because of plastic pollution. The financial damage continuously being inflicted is inestimable.
What’s the Difference? – Compostable vs. Biodegradable vs. Recyclable
EkoTallrik is, so, so proud to be the only 100% Compostable alternative to plastic cutlery that we decided to write about the basic (and enormous) difference between Compostable vs. Biodegradable vs. Recyclable.
Because when it comes to the environment, world opinion always teeters between half-empty and half-full. Businesses see the opportunity with the half-full crowd and are churning out mountains of what they claim are “eco-friendly” products.
The result is a new term: “Green-Washing”, which refers to when consumers are misled by the true environmental benefits of products or the actions of a company.
For an item to be marked compostable, the Green Guide states there must be scientific evidence that the materials in the item break down, or become part of, usable compost in a safe and timely manner in an appropriate composting facility or home compost pile.
The main difference between biodegradable and compostable is the latter breaks down into “humus,” which provides valuable nutrients to the soil. Biodegradable products just return to nature, disintegrating or disappearing completely. This disintegration could take a week or years – another difference with compostable, where items must break down in a “timely” fashion i.e., one-to-four months. (The FTC states biodegradable items have “reasonably short period of time” to break down, which hasn’t been clarified.)
Finally, compostable items must completely break down and not release any metals or toxins into the compost. Biodegradable products can leave metal residue in their return to nature.
According to the FTC’s Green Guides, a product is biodegradable as long as it “will completely break down and return to nature (i.e., decompose into elements found in nature) within a reasonably short period of time after customary disposal.” In other words, the item will continue to disintegrate into small pieces until micro-organisms consume it.
The FTC’s Green Guide states that the claim of a recyclable product is valid as long as “it can be collected, separated, or otherwise recovered from the waste stream … for reuse or use in manufacturing or assembling another item.”
This definition is much less confusing to the public – recyclable products can be turned into something new. Most plastics, glass, cardboard and metals are recyclable, as long as their turned into the proper facility.
by T.K.published on 13.16.2016
Army of 800 litter pickers begins cleaning up this mess at Glastonbury… but it will take SIX WEEKS to get the site back to normal
- Highlights of musical extravaganza in Somerset have included Dolly Parton, Metallica, Arcade Fire and Kasabian
- Campers have until 6pm to leave Worthy Farm with crew and stall holders given a week to clear their property
- Organisers say priority for today is to get ticket-holders off site before clean-up can begin in earnest tomorrow
- Litter picking crew of 800 will begin to clear huge site of rubbish and tractors will travel across 1,200-acre site
- Organiser Michael Eavis says the 44th Glastonbury Festival has been ‘great success again, in spite of the mud’
- But farmer, 78, also reveals that event – which has run since 1970 – could have a lifespan of just six more years
For the past five days it has been home to some 175,000 people, but today the clean-up operation of Glastonbury Festival 2014 begins.
Highlights of the musical extravaganza have included Dolly Parton, Metallica and Arcade Fire, while Kasabian headlined the Pyramid Stage last night.
Campers now have until 6pm to leave the site at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, while crew and stall holders are given a week to clear their property.
Meanwhile, hours before they began to leave, organiser Michael Eavis revealed that the 44-year-old event could have a lifespan of just six more years.
Wide view: Another aerial photograph of the Glastonbury Festival site as people leave after the event in Somerset
“Recycled paper and board often contain mineral oils and many other substances which may migrate into foods at levels exceeding safe thresholds”
Paper and board are versatile materials used to package foods. Paper packaging can e.g. be made of parchment paper or have the shape of bags to package loose foods. Cartonboard is commonly used for e.g. liquid and dry foods, frozen foods and fast food. Corrugated board finds broad application in direct contact with food (e.g. pizza boxes) and as secondary packaging.
Paper and board are made of natural fibers of bleached or unbleached cellulose or are, alternatively, recycled from recovered materials. Chemical additives are needed in the manufacture of paper and boards to achieve different technical functionalities. They are either added to the pulp during production or coated onto the surface afterwards. Additives can be mainly categorized into functional additives and processing aids (Ottenio et al. 2004). The first group of additives is used to modify the properties of the paper. They typically remain in the paper and include sizing agents, wet and dry strength resins, softeners, dyes, and pigments. Processing aids are used to improve the paper making processes and are not, or only in traces, transferred into the final product. Common processing aids are defoamers, biocides, felt cleaners, and deposit control agents.
Paper and carton are permeable barriers. Especially low molecular weight and volatile additives, but also non-volatile compounds and external contaminants can migrate from and through the packaging into the food. Well-known migrants from paper and board include mineral oils, photoinitiators, phthalates, and per- and polyfluorinated substances (Biedermann and Grob 2010; Bradley et al. 2012; Trier et al. 2011; Fierens et al. 2012).
Recycled paper and board often contain mineral oils and many other substances which may migrate into foods at levels exceeding safe thresholds (Biedermann-Brem et al. 2016). The source of these contaminants is usually the “raw” material, i.e. the recovered paper and board treated with various chemicals, many of which are not intended to come into contact with food, or which exceed acceptable levels. Although recycling of paper and board is essential for a society aiming at the circular economy, the safe use of paper and board for FCMs remains a challenge: The identification and toxicological assessment of the migrants from recycled paper and boardwas judged to be unrealistic. Additionally, each manufacturer may produce a new cocktail of migrants with each new batch of recycled paper and board. After this topic was brought to public awareness in 2011, many food companies stopped using recycled paper and board and switched to materials made from virgin fibers. Alternatively, functional barriers can be used to reduce the migration from recycled paper and board into food. Such barriers can either be integrated into an internal plastic bag or coated onto the internal surface of the paperboard box.
In an article published on May 19, 2016 by the magazine Rolling Stone, artist and activist Dianna Cohen reports on a growing number of music festivals and musicians committing to reduce plastic waste and their carbon footprint by doing without single-use disposable plastic items, such as water bottles, beer cups, straws, utensil, wrappers, and packaging. Music festivals are “miniature cities” that are “flooded with temporary residents for a long weekend” and leave behind “islands of trash, mostly plastic,” Cohen explains. Various artists have thus implemented guidance and best practices to reduce single-use plastics on the road and at venues. Certain festivals provide water refill stations and encourage attendees to purchase or bring along their own refillable stainless steel cups, bottles and containers. Other festivals only use compostable or biodegradable utensils and food containers, or do not offer plastic at all.
THE MUSIC INDUSTRY’S BATTLE AGAINST PLASTIC JUNK
TOURING ARTISTS ARE USING THEIR UNIQUE INFLUENCE TO HELP FESTIVAL ORGANIZERS MOVE AWAY FROM SINGLE-USE PLASTIC
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard the stats: Plastic is flooding our world. Our oceans bear the burden of five continent-sized mass accumulations of plastic, and unless our ravenous consumption of it changes, scientists predict there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans by 2050.
How much garbage does a typical music festival generate? The 2015 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, with roughly 90,000 attendees in Tennessee, producedmore than 679 tons of waste over four days. That’s 15 pounds of waste per festival-goer — nearly twice the average amount a U.S. consumer uses daily. The biggest component of that waste was single-use disposable plastic: water bottles, beer cups, straws, utensils, wrappers and packaging.