Restaurants, get creative trying to find alternatives to plastic for packaging and serving food
Restaurants and eateries across the city are doing their best to find creative, user-friendly alternatives to plastic amid a strict ban being implemented. They say it is all the more difficult since raising the prices of dishes is not an option.
Joel J, who runs Café Casavista in
Some restaurants choose to ask customers to carry their own bags.
Restaurant owners have been trying to get creative by using other ways to wrap things since plastic was banned. Ashish D’Abreo, co-founder of Maverick & Farmer, a cafe, explained that the cup to wrap the coffee has a thin plastic wrap inside. For now, since there is no solution, they have created a reusable cup. This mug is made from coffee straw which is a by-product of the roasting process. “This straw is collected and sent to make the reusable cups. Customers can buy these cups and we ask them to return these cups each time they enter the store, and we will give them a discount on their coffee each time they bring the cup.
At the same time, stocks in the paper manufacturing and paper products sector outperformed broader stock indices in 2022, in line with the decision to phase out single-use plastics.
Experts believe that paper can be a major alternative because bamboo as a raw material is produced in abundance in the country and it is highly biodegradable.
We now use cardboard boxes to pack food. And for sauces we now use small paper cups instead of plastic cups
–Joel J, coffee maker
- A ban on the use of single-use plastics has been notified by the
Union Ministry of Environmentin August 2021 and entered into force on July 1.
- The ban removed disposable plastics like straws, cutlery, headphones, cigarette packs and plastic sticks for balloons, among others.
- Plastic plates, cups, glasses and trays are made from single-use plastic
- Plastic carrier bags and bottle manufacturers have been given different specifications for phasing out the manufacture of these products. For example, manufacturers are allowed to produce 75 micron plastic carrier bags until December 2022.