Reduction of plastic in the Balearic Islands

Plastic Free Balearics warns against false solutions and offers honest alternatives to disposable plastics in a new guide for the hospitality sector.

If you have followed the work of Save The Med, you may already be familiar with the Plastic Free Balearics certification program which was launched in 2021 to help companies reduce their use of single-use plastics. Today, the certification initiative is launching a guide for the hospitality industry that makes purchasing decisions easier with less environmental impact.

The launch of the new “Guide to honest alternatives to single-use plastics for the hospitality sector” coincides with the anniversary of the implementation of the Balearic Law 8/2019 on waste and contaminated soil declared on March 20, 2021. The law prohibits the sale, distribution and use of single-use products such as disposable plates, cutlery, glasses, cups and plastic food trays, as well as plastic rings on the six packs of drinks.

“In our experience, the Waste Act has removed many single-use plastics from companies’ supply chains. We recognize its positive impact, but Plastic Free Balearics wants to go further by encouraging companies operating in the hospitality sector to replace single-use plastics with reusable options,” explains Myrto Pispini, the project coordinator.

Since the launch of its pilot phase in June 2021, the project has evaluated 106 establishments in the hotel sector across the Balearic Islands, awarding a 1 to 5 star certification to those who eliminated single-use plastic products and replaced them with “honest alternatives”.

Forty-nine establishments, which plan to eliminate nearly 6 tons of plastic waste from the supply chain, have been certified. To avoid common false solutions, the initiative is now calling for more incentives for companies to opt for reusable alternatives as well as more action against bioplastics.

Download the guide for free and help fight against greenwashing

The Honest Alternatives guide, available for free download at plasticfreebalearics.org, works to combat greenwashing and is based on a quantitative index that ranks products according to their degree of impact on the environment.

The Honest Alternatives guide, fight against greenwashing

“It helps companies not only to comply with the waste law and European directives, but also to drive change towards a circular economy and contribute to the regeneration of the archipelago”, explains Jaime Bagur, project manager.

“Certified companies have shown great interest in taking action. Their role is to break deep-rooted patterns and they need the collaboration of big suppliers to combat greenwashing, which is simply no longer an option, but in general they have adopted a real commitment to management without plastic,” says Bagur.

An analysis carried out by the initiative’s technicians reveals that 65% of certified companies – including hotel chains, restaurants and cafeterias – have chosen to offer drinks in glass bottles and filtered drinking water or from the tap in reusable bottles.

On the other hand, Plastic Free Balearics has identified more difficulties in replacing single-serving options for sugar bowls, pepper pots and salt shakers, as well as in the implementation of deposit and return systems or BYO (Bring Your Own) policies for certain products, such as cups, glasses and food containers. carry.

The director of Ibiza Preservation, Inma Saranova, warns: “In Spain, according to Greenpeace, only 25% of plastic packaging is recycled. Therefore, at IbizaPreservation we emphasize the need to continue to reduce waste and the importance of implementing reusable alternatives.
This new tool is co-financed by the Consell de Mallorca and the Monegasque association Beyond Plastic Med (BeMed).

Download the guide for free and help fight against greenwashing

BeMed also co-financed the development of the Plastic Free Balearics certification, an initiative created and promoted by the Save the Mediterranean and the IbizaPreservation foundations, with the participation of Plastic Free Ibiza and Formentera and Plastic Free Menorca. The certification aims to reduce plastic pollution in all the Balearic Islands.