Takeout Raises Environmental Concerns About The Use Of Cutlery
Takeout raises environmental concerns about the use of foreign cutlerychesfast.com - designer
Australia: paper products are commonly used in takeaway service
According to liu jue, who used to live in Australia, the food taken out of Australian restaurants usually USES paper bags and boxes. Even if some special food requires plastic boxes, relatively safe and harmless materials will be used.
In addition, thanks to the relatively perfect garbage classification system, the concept of "white pollution" is rarely mentioned.
In Australia, people prefer to eat chips and fish.
When buying these items, some western fast foods are packed in paper bags.
Many Asian foods like Fried rice and Fried noodles from China, whether with or without soup, follow the local custom of using a paper box, which will not leak or leak juice.
Of course, many Asian foods use food boxes because of Asian eating habits.
For example, when buying Japanese sushi, they use plastic lunch boxes.
Basically, all Japanese sushi boxes say "BPFA," or bpa free plastic.
All supermarkets, including takeaway plastic boxes, are marked with bpa free.
White foam boxes are not available in Australia and are not used.
When locals throw away their trash, the average resident's trash can is always two, one for daily waste and the other for recyclable waste.
Everyone is basically well-behaved in throwing plastic bags and boxes into recyclable bins.
It can be said that the concept of "white pollution" is not available in Australia.
UK: use of takeaway cutlery is' unsophisticated '
When it comes to fish and chips, many friends probably think not of Australia but of England.
However, British restaurants do not seem to have as much of a place setting as their Australian counterparts.
This summer, the reporter bought a portion of fish and chips in a small town in England.
The restaurant's box is a white bubble box with occasional "white pollution" controversy, while plastic knives and forks are placed on the counter for customers to take at will.
Are there rules in the UK about the ingredients of take-out cutlery?
According to hou ying, a British observer at the global Chinese radio network, most takeaway packages in the UK use materials that are recyclable and can be heated in a microwave oven, although this is not mandatory.
British takeaway is very convenient.
As people prefer to order takeout, the use of disposable tableware has multiplied, and packing boxes and plastic bags have become the top garbage in cities.
Currently, most disposable tableware used in the UK is biodegradable and recycled, or paper, and materials that can be heated in a microwave.
However, most people can't choose the type of box when ordering takeout or packing food.
Other countries in Europe have different requirements for disposable tableware.
France, for example, recently passed a new law requiring disposable tableware such as dishes, bowls, cups and forks to be made on the basis of biological ingredients, rather than using materials based on petroleum products.
The ban will take effect in 2020.
Some environmentalists support the bans.
However, there are opponents who argue that the ban violates the European Union's rules on the free circulation of goods;
And the high cost of making disposable tableware based on biological materials has led some to worry that the ban could increase the financial burden on low-income families.
A German company has invented a 100% recycled natural disposable tableware using leaves instead of plastic.
This kind of tableware is not only waterproof, oil-proof, and the disposable tableware that can be decomposed into fertilizer completely, did not use any glue, paint and other chemicals in the making process, completely natural.
The tableware made from leaves takes only 28 days to break down naturally and become natural again.
Japan: food delivery on the house is not "disposable"
Compared with the convenience of most western fast food with paper tape or paper box, some Oriental delicacies with "soup and water" are more troublesome.
At home, some restaurants use several layers of cling film on the bread outside the plastic boxes of some take-out dishes, for fear that the soup would be a mess.
Japanese who like to eat sushi and ramen, what kind of attention do you have to take out the tableware?
According to huang xueqing, a Japanese observer at global Chinese radio network, the management of food containers sold in Japan is based on the food hygiene law.
The current system specifies which chemical ingredients are not allowed in food containers, as long as they are not included.
However, in order to prevent the recurrence of problems, the ministry of health, Labour and welfare is considering changing the relevant regulations to "no use except for chemicals stipulated by the state".
Takeout has a long history in Japan. In an age when there is no Internet, people call for takeout.
Takeout doesn't have to be delivered, and some restaurants can choose to have guests pick them up.
Self-pick, for the restaurant to save manpower, material resources, prices will have some concessions.
For example, in some pizza parlors, if you order two of your own, you get a 50% discount.
In addition, many of the tableware used for home delivery are not disposable, such as gai rice, udon noodles, sushi and so on, which are usually delivered in porcelain or lacquer bowls. After the guests finish their dinner, they will wash the bowl and leave it outside the door. The restaurant will send someone to retrieve the tableware.
Japan has strict waste disposal regulations that require disposable tableware for take-out food to be sorted and discarded after personal use according to the region's waste disposal methods.
Because people are already used to sorting rubbish, they don't have any trouble.
After the waste is sorted, the local government is responsible for collecting the sorted waste.
Although ordering takeout is more convenient than ever, the number of calls has not exploded.
There is no big difference in the use of containers between ordering takeout and going to the supermarket to buy food, so there is no problem of the increase in waste caused by ordering takeout in Japan.