We use nearly 10,000 fewer plastic items (cups, plates, tableware) annually!

Abandoning plasticware

The corporate social responsibility of WESSLING Hungary Kft. has reached another important milestone: from now on, our food testing expert group will not use plastic kitchenware for organoleptic food testing, saving our environment from a considerable amount of plastic load.

WESSLING Hungary Kft. has been committed to environmental protection and sustainability for decades. This is one of the reasons why our Tiny Plastic Puzzle (TPP) project was launched at the beginning of the summer, during which the levels of microplastics in the Danube and its tributaries were measured. The results of the Danube measurements were presented to the public in the middle of October.

The release of plastics into the environment, their fragmentation and the new environmental hazard posed by microplastics present a risk that both the public and scientists should know.

Our food safety experts have decided that free analyses of our waters and the communication of the results are not the only thing that can be our contribution to addressing the problem, and we have plenty to do in our own backyard.

Previously, for the organoleptic examination of foodstuffs, various plastic utensils had been used. Tamás Vadasi, head of the expert group, together with his colleagues recently decided to abandon the use of plastic utensils completely.

With this, they contribute significantly to the reduction of environmental pollution, since they had been using nearly 10 thousand pieces of plasticware (cups, plates, tableware) in their work every year. Tamás Vadasi said that properly washed traditional (ceramic, metal, glass) serving tools and utensils are also perfectly suitable for the tests.

Decisions like this are not unprecedented in the history of our company. For example, in 2016, we received a Greennovation Grand Prize for the introduction of the electronic investigation reports, thanks to which we consume fewer A4 size sheets, equivalent to 4 soccer fields, saving a small grove (40 trees) each year.