The way that we use plastic or, more importantly, how we dispose of our plastic products, has become a topic under intense scrutiny in recent years. The plight of our sea creatures, swimming in oceans of plastic, is well documented on TV, whilst plastic appearing in the Far East from the UK has also rightly attracted criticism.
At a time when all of us need to be fully conscious of how each and every action we take impacts the environment and 100% committed to the cause to eliminate single use plastic, the time has never been more upon us to act immediately.
Up until this point, single use plastic has been the go-to choice for festivals, stadiums, bar operators and large scale event organisers. This is because they are under pressure to serve large volumes of people in a short period of time, and whatever cups they use have to comply with health and safety regulations – in other words, glass cannot be used, for obvious reasons.
All this has to be done also in a commercially viable way, and hence single use disposable pints and half pints have often been used, with a huge clear up operation at the end of the festival or outdoor event. Obviously not all of these single use disposable pints get collected or separated out for recycling (many can’t even be recycled even if they are!) from other refuse on the site, and so they are exactly that – one, single use then thrown away, usually into landfill or, even worse, into our oceans.