We eliminate 750.000 plastic bottles… and we substitute them for boxed water
The European Union (EU) has banned single-use plastics from 2021. Cutlery, plates or containers of single-use for food and drink, among others, will be a thing of the past. In addition, in 2029 the member states will have to recover 90% of the plastic bottles and, in 2030, they will be obliged to ensure that all plastic bottles have 30% recycled content. The directive leaves the member states a margin of two years to adapt it to their legislation, but at the CCIB we have already begun to minimize their existence. In the framework of our commitment to the environment, we replace all plastic bottles.
The 1L format was already served in glass, but 33cl plastic bottles still survived. From now on, our F&B team will offer boxed water, the option that is currently more respectful with the environment. As a data, we will eliminate 750,000 plastic bottles every year, taking as reference the consumption of 2018.
The new ones are 100% recyclable, the bottle top is made of corn and 85% of the raw material comes from renewable vegetable sources. All this certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). In addition, when choosing a provider, we have considered the solidarity side. For each bottle we allocate a part of the amount to a “Pozos Sin Fronteras” program. The mission of this non-profit association is to provide water to local people and communities in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Bolivia as a basic tool to overcome poverty, promoting education and agricultural training as priority instruments for development.
But it does not end here, we also want to eliminate single-use plastic containers that can be used in some meals. In the last event of King, at the beginning of May, the new elements in food and cocktails were put into practice, where we used material from sugarcane and corn. Thus, we have begun to ask our suppliers to give us alternatives to move forward and get rid of all the plastic before 2021.