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The Rise of Reusable Plastic: Steps to Sustainability in Events

We are all taking reusable items more seriously. 

There is increasing popularity and adoption of reusable products and practices as a more sustainable alternative to single-use items, not just for the events industry but in our day to day life too. This trend is driven by growing awareness of the environmental impacts of single-use plastics and the desire to reduce waste and preserve natural resources. 

Did you know that in 2021, the global reusable water bottle market was valued at $8.64bn? This is expected to increase by 4.3% in 2022

Here are some key factors contributing to the rise of reusables:

Environmental Consciousness

People are becoming more aware of the detrimental effects of single-use items on the environment, particularly plastic waste. This awareness has led to a shift in consumer preferences towards more sustainable options like reusable products.

Plastic Pollution Concerns

Plastic pollution has become a global environmental issue. The sight of plastic litter in oceans, rivers, and landscapes, along with the harmful impact on wildlife, has sparked public outrage. As a result, individuals and communities are seeking alternatives to disposable plastic items.

Health and Safety Considerations

Reusables are often perceived as safer and healthier options compared to single-use items. Concerns about the potential health risks associated with certain types of plastics, such as leaching of harmful chemicals, have led many people to choose reusable alternatives for food and beverage containers.

Convenience and Cost Savings

Reusables are increasingly recognized as convenient and cost-effective options. While there may be an initial investment in purchasing reusable products, they can save money in the long run by eliminating the need to repeatedly purchase single-use items.

Government Regulations and Bans

Governments around the world are implementing regulations and bans on single-use plastics to reduce waste and protect the environment. These regulations encourage businesses and individuals to shift towards reusable options and promote the development of innovative reusable alternatives.

Industry and Business Initiatives

Many businesses and industries are recognising the market demand for sustainable products and are incorporating reusables into their offerings. For example, retailers are promoting reusable shopping bags, food establishments are encouraging customers to bring their own containers, and beverage companies are providing refillable options. Events Organisers and large scale events are opting to implement reusable plastic cups systems within their core infrastructure.

Innovative Design and Technology

Advances in design and technology have made reusable products more accessible, functional, and aesthetically appealing. From reusable cups for festivals, large scale events and sporting occasions, collapsible water bottles to leak-proof food containers, these innovations have contributed to the rising popularity of reusables.

Community and Social Media Influence

The power of social media and community movements cannot be underestimated in driving the rise of reusables. Influencers, activists, and environmentally focused communities have played a significant role in raising awareness, sharing tips, and promoting the benefits of reusable alternatives.

The rise of reusables signifies a shift towards more sustainable consumption patterns and a collective effort to reduce waste and protect the planet. As individuals, businesses, and governments increasingly embrace reusables, we move closer to a more circular and environmentally conscious society.

A recent report estimated that adopting reusable cups at key Manchester events has already saved 1.7 million bar cups from being used once and discarded each year

Events can take a significant step toward sustainability, and a greener future by taking some small steps. If you are considering a more environmentally friendly approach, and incorporating reusables here are some ideas:

  • Reusable Utensils and Plates
  • Reusable Cups
  • Water Stations and Refillable Bottles
  • Cloth Napkins and Tablecloths
  • Sustainable Decorations
  • Eco-Friendly Giveaways
  • Waste Separation and Recycling
  • Collaborate with Vendors who share your commitment to sustainability.
  • Educate and Engage Attendees to Raise awareness
  • Track and Measure Progress
  • Continuous Improvement and Evaluation 

By implementing these steps, you can contribute to the rise of reusables and promote sustainability in your events. Minimising waste and creating a positive impact on the environment. If you’ve got any questions, we would be happy to speak to you!

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