The history of plastic dates back to 1907: the first synthetic plastic material was created and named Bakelite. This date marks the beginning of the global plastic industry which, in the following years, will jeopardize the global wildlife and ecosystems. In 2015, the global plastic production amounted to 315 million tons.
Plastic Free July is a movement helping people around the world to reduce plastic pollution in order to have a cleaner planet. Linda Maroli came up with the Temakinho idea while pregnant with her son. Her pregnancy influenced the development of a sustainable and ethical business model to bequeath to future generations an Earth which will not be irreversibly damaged by human activity.
In order to reduce plastic waste, Temakinho replaced plastic straws with PLA alternatives, a biodegradable material derived from corn. In addition, the restaurant offers free filtered water, to avoid plastic bottles waste, as well as sustainable and recyclable take-away packaging.
“Sustainability is no doubt the key to the future: the only way to ensure a future for us and for the generations to come,” says Linda Maroli, founder of the business. Temakinho not only tackles plastic waste but also ensures responsible fishing among its restaurants. The restaurant has obtained the Friends of the Sea certification for sustainable restaurant chains and can display the official sea approval. In compliance with the main certification requirements, the majority of the chain’s seafood is certified by Friend of the Sea or Global G.A.P equivalent.
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