As one of the most widely consumed beverages and appreciated in Italy and around the world, it is very important to learn to drink coffee while respecting the environment.
The consumption of coffee capsules is now widespread habit and even Italians seem to have abandoned the use of the good old coffee pot. In fact, with this system you can make coffee in a few seconds and the quality does not appear to be affected.
A recent survey showed that coffee not only was the drink most loved by Italians, but, regarding the use of the capsules, occurred precisely a considerable increase in consumption compared with traditional methods. For most it is now a true daily ritual that is impossible to give up. L ‘favorite flavor is the classic one, although very popular tastes seem to ginseng and hazelnut. Obviously there is always someone who does not mind to “correct” the coffee with a small addition of liquor. Among the spirits most popular, in the head are the grappa, brandy and rum.
This boom in consumption, on the other hand gave rise to the problem of recycling of coffee capsules.
Currently, there are mainly two types of capsules: those in aluminum and plastic ones (although recently started the production of capsules made with biodegradable materials). E ‘need to remember, though, that these objects are not considered as packages, so they can not fall into the collection but must be disposed of in the rubbish.
Only a small amount of coffee capsules is subtracted from the garbage and is reused as a material for creative recycling (for example, costume jewelry, decorations for bags, sandals and belts or other accessories for domestic use).
All the rest is destined to landfills and incinerators. Nationally talking about huge amounts of plastic and aluminum to be disposed of every day.
PLASTIC CAPSULES ARE THOSE MOST COMMON, BECAUSE THE PLASTIC IS A MATERIAL THAT ENSURES THE QUALITY AND SHELF LIFE OF COFFEE. UNFORTUNATELY, BUT ARE THOSE WHO OWN MORE HARMFUL EFFECTS, IN VIEW OF THE LARGE QUANTITY TO GET OVER.
Regarding the aluminum caps, however, it is possible to retrieve small pieces of material to reuse. In fact, the aluminum capsule is 100% recyclable. The problem is that not everyone has the patience to extract capsule to capsule and throw it in the appropriate bins. As for the companies, there are already some projects with specific entities (such as the CIAL) which would ensure a sustainable reuse of aluminum caps. Even the coffee residue left in the capsules, would be destined for composting for rice cultivation.
For those that want to continue to enjoy coffee in capsules without harming the environment, the ideal solution would be to store them, and deliver them at the shops and collection points that collaborate with the CIAL. Not a big hassle because often you will be going there anyway to buy new ones.
In the future, as mentioned earlier, is expected increasing the use of capsules made of fully biodegradable materials, which will gradually replace those plastic and aluminum.
In fact, the use of Mater-Bi, a bio-plastic derived from plants, will allow us to throw the wrapper is that residues of coffee directly in the damp.
The important thing, However, Is that we can continue to enjoy our favorite coffee without seeing impaired quality and at the same time Respecting our eco-system.