Packaging waste, and especially single use plastic, is one of the biggest problems our world has ever faced. What do you think? Is the problem out of control? Have we passed the point of no return?
Here at the World Food Travel Association, we still think Earth has a chance.
And as it so happens, the war against plastic waste is now on. We noticed some movement towards this over the past few years. Now in 2019, we have seen a surge in bans on plastic of various forms, from straws and shopping bags, to cutlery, takeaway containers and more. And many of the experts we surveyed for our 2019 State of the Food Travel Industry Report agreed that single-use plastics were detrimental to the overall food- and beverage-loving visitor experience. It seems that we have a consensus: we have a problem.
Many cities, regions and countries have recognized the problem and are now doing something about it to force change. After the State of California banned plastic bags and implemented a tax for single-use plastics, the US state of New York followed with its own plastic bag ban. Within California, San Francisco enacted legislation last year to ban plastic straws. We have also seen that Taiwan is stepping up with their own bans as well as the European Parliament for legislation across the EU. This is music to our ears!
At the World Food Travel Association, we support industry advocates who educate food-loving travelers to reduce the volume of food and beverage packaging waste that we all generate.
How are you helping wage the #WarOnPlastic?