And a living dog is better than a dead lion. Research commissioned by the European Paper Packaging Alliance.
– “Policymakers and industry leaders must make decisions based on scientific knowledge, not beliefs and assumptions,” says Ignazio Capuano, CEO of CEPI (Confederation of European Paper Industries) and CEO of Burgo Group Spa.
– “It may sound counterintuitive, but Life Cycle Assessment clearly shows that eco-friendly disposable paper products are better for the environment than reusable plastic products.
– We hope that the results of the study will help the European Commission prepare evidence-based policy action in 2021, namely, as part of the upcoming Sustainable Products Initiative.
The study examined the life cycle of 24 types of containers for food and drinks in fast food restaurants, namely: glasses for cold / hot drinks, salad bowl with lid, packaging / plate / clamshell / lid, ice cream cup, cutlery set, bag / frying basket.
As a result, it turned out that reusable polypropylene-based dishes leave more than 2.5 times more CO₂ footprint and require 3.6 times more fresh water than disposable paper dishes.
The reason is that washing, disinfecting and drying reusable dishes requires a significant amount of energy and water.
– “Today, about 4.5 million tons of plastic products in the world can be replaced by a paper alternative,” says Jori Ringman, CEO of CEPI.
– This will have an immediate positive impact on the climate and help achieve climate neutrality by 2050.
“Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time, and we must effectively minimize our impact on it.