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COFFEE CAPSULES ARE DANGEROUS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND FOR OURSELVES?

Hey guys for today’s post I want to share with a really interesting article. As you guys know the environment these past years but especially this year has been a really important manner that everybody talks about. That’s why when I saw this article I was shooked and I wanted to share it with you guys! I like coffee in general because it helps me stay focused and, more importantly, AWAKE. My favorite coffee is the iced one but I take cappuccino more frequently. What do you guys think? What is your favorite coffee, do you guys even like coffee? If you have other ideas, thoughts or you just want to talk to somebody please don’t hesitate to leave a comment in the comments section down below!

Coffee capsules are small plastic containers with an aluminum coating that contains enough powder for a single cup of beverage. After use, the capsules are discarded and end up in landfills, but also in rivers, lakes, and oceans, where they are very dangerous for aquatic fauna. The biggest problem is that the capsules are difficult to recycle; due to the small size, the most common sorting systems cannot recognize them and therefore separate them for recycling. This problem also applies to all-aluminum capsules, which in theory would be 100% recyclable. It is estimated that by stacking the capsules buried in landfills you could go around the Earth 12 times. In recent years more and more ecological alternatives are emerging, such as completely and more easily recyclable polypropylene or aluminum capsules, biodegradable and compostable capsules or reusable capsules. Another problem encountered in coffee in capsules is the greater quantity of dangerous substances presents compared to coffee prepared in other ways. What is most worrying is furan, a volatile and colorless organic substance that is formed in heat-treated foods, such as coffee during roasting, and which is potentially carcinogenic. However, it has been shown that despite the relatively large amount of furan present in the capsules, it would be necessary to drink 20 cups of coffee in a capsule per day because furan could represent a real health risk. The harmful effects of caffeine, such as insomnia, irritability, hypertension, and arrhythmia, occur much earlier: after the fifth cup.

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