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Responsible consumption and soda packaging

Responsible consumption and soda packaging

I promise that on another occasion I will address the principle of shared responsibility and how much companies that use this type of packaging could do in their products, but if it seems good, let's talk about us and our decisions today.

Imagine you're in the store, right in front of the refrigerator willing to choose your soda ... now how do you decide which one to buy?

Each one will have its answer, but generally we have 3 basic purchase criteria. The flavor or brand of preference, size or volume and cost. That is to say, it is basically enough for us to know which one we want and if it is enough to pay it. It is far to question the type of packaging and very few reflect on the environmental impacts that this decision will have. Being honest, we would not mind to reflect on the need for these products and their effects on health; but hey, that's another story.

Returning to the topic, let's think we want to buy a soda for our personal consumption. Once the previous criteria have been met, we find various materials for the packaging of the desired beverage, for example: glass, aluminum and PET “screw cap” bottle (polyethylene terephthalate). Eye, all three materials are recyclable. Which to choose?

If we think about the recovery value, the aluminum stands out, that is, if you are the business owner and you have to decide between handling the aluminum or the plastic that your customers generate in the establishment, because the aluminum will surely be more profitable. For the public it is also easier to locate collection points or people interested in their collection, on the other hand, every day there are more alternatives in terms of the size or capacity of aluminum cans.

If we think about the taste, the composition of the glass makes it a good option.

Now if we think about the environmental part, without a doubt the use of returnable glass or plastic containers, they sound good. Since as consumers we do not have a residual bottle to handle, which by the way can also decrease the cost of our purchase, of course there is the detail of going to the point of sale with our container.

But then why choose the screw cap bottle? that so common, that is not missing in the photos of obstructions of sewage systems, pollution of beaches, rivers, ravines, etc.

My first hypothesis and I hope you will excuse me, is that we really do it without thinking, we take the presentation they offer us or the most comfortable one, but let's move on to my second hypothesis, which has to do with the use of the bottle.

The lid allows us to open and close the container, which can be an advantage against the other alternatives; (Although there are also cans and glass bottles with a lid, usually used in juices). Ok, if this was the reason, and the consumer likes the possibility of closing his bottle, then there is an idea for designers, but as he had said that today it was about us. Well, I'm sorry to share that the vast majority of people who buy individual sodas, finish it once they open it, either at home or at the point of purchase, that is, there in the store, in the room or at the booth. food, so do not take advantage of the famous screw cap. What reminds me, if the plan was to consume the product at the point of sale, because it does not take advantage of returnables and thus not load the container.

On the other hand, we go with those others, those who do leave a little soda for later, if they belong to this select group, they surely remember that moment when they return and sadly discover that it is already hot, lacks gas or any other condition that It makes us abandon, liquid and container. Losing the cover function again. There we would have to ask ourselves if we are really going to drink it later or just buy more soda. But well, we must recognize that there are those occasions where we close it well, refrigerate it or do everything necessary to maintain the original conditions of the product, and then the famous lid has fulfilled its objective.

So, to conclude, which one is the best? Although I would love to tell you, the truth is that in terms of use, it depends on what you need from the packaging, in regards to waste management the answer is simple, it is better not to generate them.

In the end, the decision and responsibility remain with each one, but if you buy a disposable container it is necessary that you take responsibility for its handling, because it was your decision. It is true that the materials I mentioned in this example can be recycled, but none will be used if you leave it in a gorge or throw it into the sea; If you decided to use a disposable container, separate it and make sure you take it to a space where it is used, if you do not want this responsibility, you can add a new purchase criteria: What will I do with the container?

If you do not have the answer, or you find it difficult to separate it and take it to a recycling site, perhaps it is best to avoid that presentation, take a second look, sure there are other options for you. The only thing that is not worth it is to hold others responsible for the waste that we decided to generate.

Good I say that, but the most important thing is your decision.

Greetings and until next time.

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