Resource launched for alternatives to single use plastic cups

8th February 2018

Single-use plastic, and particularly the use of single-use plastic cups and coffee cups, is an increasingly important area (socially, politically and legally) for organisations wanting to reduce their environmental impact. We've developed a new resource to explain where the major issues lie, and what alternatives may be available for cultural organisations.

Plastic has long been a visual representation of environmental impact, but the issue has risen up the agenda rapidly recently across many parts of society. The Scottish Government has pledged to ban single-use plastics by 2030 and there are initiatives to reduce plastic springing up across the country.

Members of the Green Arts Initiative have identified single-use plastic cups as a key issue in the Green Arts community over the past 12 months. There’s already a good deal of evidence of Green Arts Initiative members taking action including HebCelt festival which runs its own reuseable cup scheme, Film City Glasgow offer a discount for customers using their own mugs, MacRobert has created a ‘takaway cup recycling station’ to reduce their waste contamination and Dundee Rep is considering moving to compostables (and Fife Contemporary already does).

To help you to be part of the solution we’ve pulled together a resource on single-use plastics, with a special focus on single-use cups which are a common issue across various types of cultural organisations. This new resource is designed to help you to start taking action to manage your organisation’s plastic use, and outlines points to consider as you get under way.

Single Use Plastic Cups: The Alternatives

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