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People are just noticing this ‘woke’ change to plastic water bottles

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You’re not the only one frustrated by it (Picture: Shutterstock/Getty)

‘Woke’ may be a term to describe awareness of social injustice, but it’s now being used to insult everything from movies and TV shows to plastic bottle lids.

People are up in arms about a recent change to drinks bottles across Europe, with customers just noticing that the plastic caps are permanently attached to the bottle. 

In an effort to reduce plastic waste, caps are now attached to a bottle by two small pieces of plastic, meaning it can’t be fully removed.

And although the regulation was initially approved in 2018, some customers are far from happy now it’s coming into effect.

On X (formerly Twitter), @Joesteel25, asked: ‘What’s going on with plastic bottle caps at the moment? I don’t understand that little joint of sadness that’s been added. I don’t buy bottled drinks all that often, but when I do: if there’s something left, the cap goes on. If there isn’t, the cap goes on; it goes in recycling.’

Another, @simonelanna went ahead and tagged environmentalist Greta Thunberg to complain, writing: ‘Sick of these caps that don’t detach from the bottle.

‘What is the point?? I’ve never thrown the cap away separately? All it does is scratch my face and ruin my day. Now I yank them off out of spite.’

You’ll have to start getting used to this (Picture: Getty Images)

Chicken Shop Date icon Amelia Dimoldenberg also weighed in on the plastic bottle debate, telling followers she thought she was simple ‘weak’ for being ‘incapabable’ of opening her fizzy drinks.

But not everyone is flipping their lid over the change. One user, @s8mb, posted: ‘Have to admit I quite like these new woke bottle caps. I was ready to hate them but they keep the lid in place in a handy way.’

Meanwhile, @slackonbothsides, commented: ‘A woke bottle cap… The f**k does that even mean? How can a plastic bottle cap be awake and aware to injustice?’

Why are plastic caps attached to plastic bottles?

This been in the works for a while, after the EU confirmed the change to improve recycling and reduce plastic waste back in 2018.

According to the new rules, companies are only allowed to sell single-use plastic products with caps and lids, such as a drinks bottle, ‘if the caps and lids remain attached to the containers during the products’ intended use stage.’

The EU directive explains: ‘Caps and lids made of plastic which are used for beverage containers are among the single-use plastic items that are found the most on beaches in the Union.’

So basically, single-use drinks bottles are changing to stop people from dropping their caps into the ether where they can harm the environment – and although it may be annoying, it’s all for a good cause.

Companies selling drinks in the EU are expected to fully abide by the changes as of July 3, 2024.

Coca-Cola has already embraced the change on its plastic bottles, doing so as part of the brand’s World Without Waste initiative to make it easier for customers to recycle the entire drinks packaging.

‘The introduction of attached caps across our entire portfolio will ensure that the cap gets collected with the bottle for recycling,’ said Coca-Cola spokesperson Agnese Filippi last year.

‘This small change has the potential to have a big impact, ensuring that consumers recycle our bottles, and no cap gets left behind.’

Welcome to the new normal.

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