Organisers of receptions (weddings, banquets, cocktails, sporting, cultural and professional events, etc.), caterers are nowadays faced with major economic and environmental challenges:
The fight against food waste
Circular economy to limit single-use waste
With regard to this last issue, as an example in France, 5 billion disposable plastic cups are consumed each year, of which only 1/100 are recycled.
Piled up and stacked, these disposable cups would form a pyramid as high as the 25 Eiffel Towers, 6.8 kilometres wide.
- At best, 1% of them are recycled.
- 1.6 billion cups are incinerated per year (34%),
- 2.4 billion are buried in landfills (more than 50%),
- the remaining cups are left in the wild (almost 15%)
500 years: that's how long it takes for a plastic cup to degrade completely. That's half a century longer than a plastic bag and 100 times longer than a cigarette butt.
On average, a French person would throw away 2 to 5 kg of cups per year.
According to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the manufacture of a plastic cup requires an average of 3.2 g of oil equivalent, divided between the raw material (i.e. oil) and the energy needed to transform it into plastic, such as refining, for which the oil must be heated to 450°C. Disposable cups use 4 times more natural resources than reusable cups.
However, according to a study carried out by the Mountain Riders association, based on 7 reuses, the impact of reusable crockery is lower than that of disposable crockery if we take into account the entire life cycle of the products, calculating energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption.
According to the same study, although reusable tableware requires 16 times more water than disposable single-use tableware, it has a much lower impact in terms of aquatic ecotoxicity.
Responsible caterers who have understood this are beginning to rethink their organisation around reusable crockery thanks to :
- better thought-out logistics
- a better prepared team
- more effective communication
- and an efficient deposit system
UNICA TERRA's tableware - with its trays, glasses, plates, bowls and salad bowls that can be reused at will - accompanies the profession in this transition process: the use of products that are more respectful of the environment and more responsible in terms of consumption patterns.
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