Although traditional Italian coffee makers are an alternative for brewing coffee without impact on the environment (even less if the product is purchased in bulk or coffee beans), the enormous penetration and the love of the capsules can lead to recovering this system which is not satisfactory for many. For this reason, the field is wide for those who, by legal imperative or by conviction, wish to continue to consume their coffee in single-dose cans, among other things because of the convenience of preparing it.
Refillable coffee capsules are a possibility which, however, will also end up creating waste since their life cycle is not unlimited. Those who opt for biodegradable capsules can also continue to enjoy the coffee in a single dose, but environmentally friendly. Among the many available are those from the Senseo system which, being made of natural fiber paper, can even be used for composting.
Another possibility is automatic coffee machines, which can make coffee directly with coffee beans which we can buy wholesale. Less waste, less waste.
However, future Balearic regulations are by no means limited to coffee capsules. And is that, although these containers generate an increasing amount of waste, the expected scope of the law on waste and contaminated soil of the islands is much greater, according to its plan.
Thus, the objective set out in the text, published shortly after the start of 2018, is to reduce the waste generated by 10% in 2020 and double (20%) in the following decade. In order to take these measures and thereby “put an end to a problem which causes environmental damage – such as the dumping of waste in the natural environment, in particular plastics, in the sea and on the coasts -“, future regulations establish timetables and concrete actions which, he stresses, “involve the whole of society”.
Thus, the war against coffee capsules will extend to single-use plastic bags, which “will have to disappear from stores in 2019”, according to the project. A year later, only compostable coffee capsules will receive the green light in the Balearics. On this same date will come the decline of disposable cups, plastics and non-recyclable cutlery, as well as any product containing microplastics and mittens. The same fate will run with toners, cartridges and non-refillable lighters, in addition to disposable razors. However, it doesn’t end there. Also within two years, the Balearic authorities will limit the sale of straws and sticks, both for cleaning ears and for holding trinkets, which are not suitable for composting.
Although the scope of this regulation is much broader, reducing waste generation and promoting reuse and recycling are positioned as key objectives for the islands. They are thus at the forefront in the management and use of waste and in other aspects, since the project even includes measures aimed at containing food waste in a context where more than 800 million people continue to suffer from hunger in the world. .