3 Amazing Alternatives to Single-Use Plastics

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

3 Amazing Alternatives to Single-Use Plastics

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Whenever you go to a festival or any other event, you’ll be given a plastic cup or bottle. This is because the plastic has replaces the glass at such events, but the downside of it is the fact that the plastic left behind damages the environment and makes a lot of mess.

The main problem with the plastic at such events is the littering. Due to the fact that these plastic cups and bottles are single-use items, they easily get discarded or thrown away, and on these events, this usually means just dropping them on the floor near you. Then, another problem are the bins that get filled up rather quickly. This means that the organizers of the event need to increase the bin maintenance, which increases the cost of the entire events. And finally, there is also the problem of recyclability, because not every plastic item can be recycled.

These are the problems that have an impact on the environment. You see, producing these plastic items requires quite a lot of resources. Apart from that, it was recently reported that as much as 8 million tones of littler gets dumped in the oceans worldwide every year! This is a huge amount, and it is so huge that it was reported that every sixth fish caught in the UK contains plastic in its body! And finally, perhaps the worse problem with the plastic is the fact that it takes it about 500 years to break down!

So, what to do? Well, you can start researching the alternatives. One alternative to the single-use plastics are definitely the reusable cup schemes. These glasses are made of hardened plastic, and can be washed on site and reused during the events, and even later, in the next event. The organizers of the events that use these kinds of cups usually try to force the guests to return the cups by offering a deposit back or some kind of a levy scheme.

The next great alternative to single-use plastics at events are the water refill stations. These stations can be nothing more than a jug of water that has glasses. Other water stations come on the form of a drinking fountain or even a mobile refill station.

And finally, we have the reusable bottles, which are being encouraged. These reusable bottles can be either brought to the event, or could be sold on site; and selling them could offer some money back lost on the water bottles.

The main goal of this is to make people understand that using the single-use plastics at events like festivals damages our planet. We need to fight to reduce the environmental impact of the plastic, and at the same time improve the guest experience. This will, in turn, improve the reputation of the event organizer, and ultimately reduce the costs. These alternatives to the single-use plastics we have mentioned are a great way to do all of that, and that is why you ought to start thinking about them.


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