Air New Zealand Reusable Cups

Ryan Everton

If you have ever flown business class, you get a glass cup, so why can’t everybody on the plane get at least a reusable cup?

That is the question many airlines have been asking over the past 6 months as the war on waste movement has been growing.

Because Globelet is worlds leading reusable systems provider and has over 8 years experience washing and drying reusable packaging for major stadiums and events almost every company has reached out to us for a solution.

And we have one.

These are the challenges of reusable cups on airlines

  • How do you sort the cups from other waste? (No different to disposables)

  • How do you wash them?

  • How do you make them as cheap as disposables (Airlines are on tight margins)

  • How do you make them as light on a disposable (Airlines are constantly trying to reduce weight to increase margin)

  • How do you manage them on an international airport system where they have no control over the waste collection and laws prohibit everything but incineration?

These are the major issues of reusable cups on flights.

Disposable Cup Air NZ

When it comes to washing reusable cups, we took all the current disposable cups used on Air New Zealand’s domestic flights in New Zealand and tested them through our washing systems.

The results were incredible. We can take the current disposable PP cups from the domestic flights, wash them, dry them, and restack them and they are ready to be used again on the next flight.

This is Air New Zealand’s plastic water cups from the airline's domestic flights. We took this cup, put it through our washing and drying systems and it came out like new after the wash.

The cup is the same disposable PP cup used on the flight, and we can wash it for the same price of them producing a new disposable cup.

The result is that with our Better Future Factories gearing up to wash million of cups a year, we can transform entire industries that have been sucked into using disposable cups and throwing them away, to implementing the same system and returning them to us for washing.

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The issue in the industry right now, is people have been convinced that reusables are too hard to wash, and so settle for compostable packaging from Taiwan even through all the data and studies say that compostables aren't better.

Let’s hope that in 5 years time, all airlines are using reusable cups on their planes :)

Well done Qantas for implementing a zero waste flight and Air NZ, for leading the way on removing single-use plastic.

Reusable Cups at Marathon stops single-use plastic

Reusable Cups at Marathon stops single-use plastic

Reusable Cups at the Wellington Marathon

Reusable Cups at the Wellington Marathon

Globelet helping to minimise waste at iconic Wellington event

30,000 cups are normally used at the drink stations for the annual Wellington Round the Bays fun run event. Although cups used in the past were compostable or recyclable, event organiser’s Sport Wellington decided to make a change this year in a continued effort to minimise waste.

For the 2019 event, which saw thousands of people take to the streets, Sport Wellington trialled a new approach, partnering with Globelet to provide reusable, washable cups.

“Partnering with Globelet for the 2019 event allowed us to become the first large-scale running event in Australasia to utilise reusable cups at all water stations,” said John Grieve, Event Director, Sport Wellington.

Sport Wellington has now brought Globelet onboard as the sponsor for the Half Marathon category for the 2020 and 2021 Round the Bays events as well. Globelet will continue to provide cups for the whole event, keeping 60,000 throw-away cups off Wellington’s streets.

“Globelet was immensely proud to have achieved the goal of eliminating 30,000 single-use cups from the Wellington waste stream,” said Guy Hobson, NZ Business Development Manager, Globelet. “The partnership formed with the progressive team at Sport Wellington allowed for a smooth transition to a reusable cup that was washed post-event. The feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive and we were really happy to see the participants supporting the system on the day.”

Reusable Marathon Cups

Globelet works with over 300 events per year across Australasia, washing more than 2 million products annually. Their reusable revolution has so far eliminated 21.6 million items from the world’s waste stream.

Although event organisers are not required by the council to ensure or encourage waste minimisation at events, partnering with Globelet reflects Sport Wellington’s commitment to keeping New Zealand clean and green.

“As organisers of Round the Bays, we are always striving to minimise waste and help keep our Bays beautiful,” Grieve said.

The new initiative was well received by the majority of the Round the Bays participants, with feedback along the lines of; “Keep up the reusable cups at drink stations!”, “Very pleased about the cup recycling.” “I loved the reusable cups along the course and specifically researched before the race so I knew I didn’t need to bring my own reusable bottle.”

Wellington Round the Bays will be back in 2020, with registrations opening later this year.

“We look forward to a healthy, long-term relationship with RTB and Sport Wellington,” Hobson said.

Globelet is a circular economy business, building systems for a more sustainable future. Globelet continues to develop technology and systems to create trackable products that can be linked back to their wash factories to be washed and reused, forever. For more information go to

Globelet is made of Plastic? - Case Study

A Globelet Case Study

  • A music festival is an example of a mini city for 3 days.

  • Music Festivals have become great case studies for us to test products and systems to bring to the world

  • We supply over 40 major music festivals a year.

  • Below is a case study on reusables in a mini city vs disposables

An event of 10,000 people normally brought 5* as many disposable cups (50,000).
- Some events went compostable. These were made in Taiwan, shipped to Aus/NZ and used once. If they were lucky they were thrown in the right conditions.
- Some events went recyclable. In 40 years, only 14% of all plastic has been recycled.

Enter Globelet:
- Instead of 50,000 single use cups, we now have 15,000 reusable cups
- Instead of 50,000 single use cups that come from TAIWAN, we now have 15,000 reusable cups that come from New Zealand.
- Instead of 50,000 single use cups that end up on the ground, there is 15,000 reusable cups that somebody picks up as they can return them to us for $1.
- Instead of 50,000 single use cups that will be used once and thrown away, 15,000 Globelet's will be washed, and reused over and over again.
- 75% (11,250) of Globelet's on average get returned to us for reuse. vs 0% (0) single use cups
- 0.1% (15) of Globelet's on average get damaged and have to be recycled in our factory to turn into crates vs 100% of disposables that do not even get recycled
- 0.8% (120) Globelet's find their way into a rubbish bin, and if sorting is done by waste management get returned to us for washing.

Over 7 years that we have been in business, some festivals like Splore Festival has cups that have been washed and returned for over 6 years.

Over 7 years we have cups that have been used over 300 times stopping 300 single use compostable cups.

Educational Impact: The social impact we have on an event is another major factor. Our manifesto is to create the reusable economy and stop the single use mindset that has been installed in us. Our hope is people carry this across into their everyday lives, reusing wherever possible.

Currently there is no compostable product that is reusable and scalable. We are always looking out for this.

You are welcome to use a single use compostable cup or bio cup if you like. But remember
1) It is probably made in Asia
2) It requires the same amount of energy (oil) to produce as it does a Globelet. All that energy just so you use it once seems sad?
3) It needs the right environment to compost and if not, it can release worse emissions than a plastic disposable


In 2018 we partnered with the Sydney Showgrounds (Giants Stadium) and made the first ever XGAMES and stadium in Australia to be disposable cup free.

Over 30,000 cups were supplied to the Sydney Showgrounds in 2018 at the Xgames to allow the venue to go disposable cup free for the first time in Australian History.

The Facts

  • Every cup had a $2 deposit with a $1 refund

  • Over 30,000 cups were supplied

  • 20% of cups were custom branded XGames

  • All cups were made in New Zealand and Printed in Australia

  • All cups were washed in Sydney at our Better Future Factory

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We are throwing out over 40 billion single-use cups across the U.S. and Europe each year. Many have tried to address the waste issue; no one’s succeeded on a large scale. Offering to knock 10 cents off the cost of my $5.00 coffee isn’t much of an incentive to lug a bulky, reusable cup around (if I haven’t already lost said cup in a taxi cab).

We considered this when we created Globelet. A subscription service using the Internet of Things and RFID to reinvent the reusable cup.

It works like this: Participating coffee retailers stock the cups, made of plant-based plastic, and give them to a Globelet member buying a coffee. The latter can then “return” the cup to any number of locations around the city. Once returned, the cups are collected, washed, and redistributed to the participating stores. And since each cup is RFID tagged and registered to a user’s account, Globelet can charge a user for unreturned cups.

Globelet will reportedly be available to the public this year in Australia and New Zealand, and will be followed by a worldwide rollout in the future.

For Globelet to work on a large scale, we will need not just the support of the coffee shops who participate, but also a strong enough interest from the general population. I speculate here, but I could see Globelet or its technology eventually getting acquired by a heavyweight coffeeshop chain, one with the kind of reach and brand power Globelet needs to influence consumer behavior.

In Germany, the city of Frieberg has introduced The Freiberg Cup: users put a 1 euro deposit down on a cup and can return it to one of the 100 participating businesses across the city. The system is reportedly cheaper for both consumers and businesses, and early results are “encouraging.” It’s not unfathomable for similar systems to start popping up all over the country as more people ditch the cardboard cup.

Because that’s what the success of the reusable cup really comes down to: changing our behavior. It’s automatic at this point to walk into a coffeeshop, order, and walk out clutching a paper cup. That companies like Globelet offer an environmentally conscious option without the inconvenience of having to keep track of a reusable cup means the concept could have a real shot at success.

Washing and Drying Reusable Cups

About Us:

  • Founded in 2012

  • Globelet vision is to end single use plastic in our lifetime, together.

Our Machines:

  • In 2016 we invented dishwashing machines that use less water and energy than traditional dishwashing machines, and can wash over 10,000 cups per hour.

  • We also invented Drying Machines that can dry over 10,000 cups per hour to 100% dryness, ensuring that cups are packed and hygienically packaged. If any water is left on a cup, there is a high chance for mould to grow, which becomes a safety concern.


Please contact us at if you would like to purchase any equipment from us.

5 Australian Biodegradable Glitter Brands To Complete Your Splendour Looks


Festivals around the world are becoming more environmentally conscious, eliminating materials that harm the environment in favour of biodegradable, eco-friendly practices. The latest crackdown? Glitter. In fact, 61 festivals have banned the use of glitter in the UK alone. As Splendour is right around the corner, it's time to consider the environmentally friendly materials you should be using to complete your festival glam.

So, want to achieve an eco-friendly Splendour look? Unsurprisingly, Australia is budding with small enterprises that focus on biodegradable festival glam. Here, we round up five brands of glitter that won't hurt the earth.

Eco Glitter, from $5 at Three Mamas 

Three Mamas, a Victorian health and beauty store focusing on natural deodorant and body care, believe in "promoting the health and well-being of individuals, the community and the environment", according to their website. With 13 colours of glitter to choose from, and the option for fine or chunky glitter in either tubes or glasses, the possibilities are endless for your looks.

Glitter Girl's Fabulous Glitter Range, from $8.50 at Glitter Girl

All Glitter Girl products are certified home compostable, biodegradable, vegan friendly and cruelty free. Even more impressive, Glitter Girl was created by Sophia Rizzo, a 10-year-old from the Gold Coast. Her newly released festival range will have you covered.

Biodegradable Glitter Range, from $9.95 at Project Glitter 

Project Glitter launched in 2016 and have since become responsible for providing Western Australia with lots of environmentally friendly glitter. The team can even provide a catering service involving glitter and body painting! Check out both their fine and chunky glitter for the perfect festival look.

Enviro Glitter, from $6.60 at Glitter Haven 

Glitter Haven, a beauty supply store in Queensland, specialise in biodegradable glitter and offers over 25 options for you to pine over. The impressive range—which is easily sorted on their site via colour, particle size and glitter type—will equip you with a large assortment of colours to choose from over the three days.

BioGlitter's cosmetic glitter range, from $6 on eBay 

UK-based brand Cosmetic BioGlitter have made their products available to us—thanks to the wonders of eBay, of course. Instead of being made with polyethylene terephthalate (PET) or polybutylene terephthalate (PBT)—the nasty micro plastics that are harmful to the environment—BioGlitter is made of cellulose from eucalyptus trees.

Article From: Elle Magazine Australia

Essentials of a Sell-Out Summer Event

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As the weather heats up, so does the competition for events. With a huge lineup of festivals dropping in Australia’s sunny season, how can you ensure that your event makes the cut for attendees this summer?

To stand out in a crowded market, you need to offer an event that is fresh and will drive serious FOMO (fear of missing out). Read on to uncover three ideas for selling out your event this summer.

Free Download: Planning an Outdoor Festival in Australia: Essentials of a Sell-Out Summer Event

1. Tap into fresh trends from the Northern Hemisphere

Remember when we had to wait forever for the hottest TV shows and movies to come to Australia? The internet took care of that. Now we can watch the latest episode of Games of Thrones within hours of the premiere in North America.

This appetite for global entertainment trends can also be applied to events. Thanks to social media, Australians get an instant update of what is hot overseas, and increasingly expect that they will see the same standard of entertainment/fashion/food when summer arrives down under.

With the summer festival season wrapping up in the Northern Hemisphere, now is the perfect time to take a look at what was hot (or not) at recent outdoor festivals. Use online search and social media to research events like yours that took place over the US/UK summer and see what had everyone talking.

Focus on what worked for events in your target demographic, but don’t forget to pay attention to current global and local movements such as:

  • Waste reduction (improved recycling, banning straws and single-use plastics)

  • Gender-balanced headline entertainment

  • Food & drink trends such as vegan BBQ, charcoal ice-cream, and non-alcoholic ‘spirits’

  • Preventing and responding to harassment

2. Use the ‘silly season’ to your advantage

We’ve all experienced the social pressures of the ‘silly season’ — with the end of the year looming like a deadline to see every friend, colleague, and family member we have. This could be seen as more competition for your event, or you could use it to your advantage. People want to catch up with their friends over summer, so give them an unforgettable place to do it.

An Eventbrite survey revealed that 48% of Aussie millennials believe that some of their best memories come from an event they attended, and agree that attending events with family and friends deepens their personal relationships. If your event is designed and marketed toward making memories this summer, you could attract larger groups and sell more tickets.

To super-charge your ticket sales, sell directly through social media. This captures people in the same place where they engaged with friends and make plans, encouraging them to purchase sooner and invite a group.

Did you know? Eventbrite users can sell tickets directly through their social media channels with Facebook Checkout and the Get Tickets’ button on Instagram.

3. Lure older Millennials with family-friendly features

Can you imagine keeping a child entertained for six weeks straight? If you have kids, you’ll already know that this is the reality faced by parents across Australia every year when school breaks for summer. Eager to get their kids away from screens, this is a market seeking outdoor events to attend.

Once upon a time, “family-friendly” meant that kids were catered for, with very little on offer to interest their parents. This is shifting now, as the event-loving Generation Y are having families and want to continue enjoying live experiences they love, with the brood in-tow. Eventbrite research found that more than two thirds (68%) of Aussie Millennials are attending more daytime, family-suitable events on the weekend now than they did five years ago, a trend driven by the older 26-34 year old Millennials (73%).

Why lose loyal attendees as their lives begin to shift? Keep them by catering to the millennial parent market.

You don’t need to invite the chaos of a McDonald’s playground into your event to accommodate younger revelers. There are plenty of simple tweaks that event creators can make to existing adult-focused events to capture the parent market. For example, summer music festival Rainbow Serpent have introduced a Kids Space with music and performance activities for little ones and a dedicated Family Camping zone with reduced noise late at night.

Article from: Event Brite

How To Dry Reusable Plastic Cups

How To Dry Reusable Plastic Cups

Plastic Cups don’t dry like glass.

  • If you stack a plastic cup for more than 24 hours it will start to grow mould.

  • How do you wash and dry more than 10,000 cups per hour?

These are just some of the challenges we faced when we started Globelet in 2012. We went to some of the worlds most advanced dishwashing companies hat supply some of the worlds largest catering companies and even they could not help us.

So what did we do?

How Stone and Wood Brewery is leading the way with reusable cups

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Stone & Wood Brewery


Since partnering with Globelet to launch #forcupssake – Stone & Wood’s cup exchange initiative, the brewery has saved over 20,000 cups from entering landfill or recycling centres in just 6 months!


“Introducing #forcupssake at various food and craft beer festivals and at our own Stone & Wood events we have demonstrated that there is a successful solution to eliminating single use packaging at events within our communities. The high return rate on cups at festivals and events means our drinkers are getting it and want to be a part of the solution to a circular economy” says Sarah Blomkamp from Stone & Wood Brewery.


In addition to eliminating single use cups at events, the brewery employees’ local not-for-profit Shift Project to wash their cups after each event at their Byron Bay based brewery so they can continue to use the cups at events and encourage a circular economy.


“We hope that we can influence more breweries / festivals around Australia to eliminate single use packaging and implement using re-usable cups”, says Sarah.

Sarah Blomkamp - Stone and Wood




TedX Sydney Reusable Coffee Cup "Globelet"

TedX Sydney Reusable Coffee Cup "Globelet"

At TEDX SYDNEY, Globelet

- Stopped 14,000 single use coffee cups from landfill
-  Stopped 10,000 single use bottles of water from landfill

You can’t deny that single-use plastics are fast-becoming the enemy to our modern day society. From grand-scale companies down to the local coffee shop, it’s an environmental responsibility that can no longer be avoided.

Businesses are now being urged to step up their game and set the standard for eco-friendliness because if they don’t, consumers will simply turn away.  

One such brand that has taken this responsibility further than the rest is TEDxSydney event partner, Globelet.

Founder Ryan Everton came up with the idea after realising the overwhelming amount of cups he had consumed during a rugby game. Four years later, Globelet is now involved in some of Australia and New Zealand’s largest festivals and major sports events where people have no problem participating in the initiative and developing new habits.

The concept works like this – you put a deposit on a cup for $3, fill it up and then either return it for a fresh one, get your deposit back or keep it.

Made from virgin and recycled plastic and distinctly unique cup designs, Globelet reuses over five million reusable cups. Not to mention, twenty million cups have now avoided landfill because of it.

In 2014, eco-conscious arts and music weekend Splore was the first New Zealand festival to use the Globelet. Recently named one of the world’s 36 greenest festivals, the move saw Splore reduce its 55,000 compostable one-use cups to 11,000 reusable Globelet’s as a result. Australian Festivals including Woodford Folk Festival, Sydney Festival, and sporting events including the NRL have also started partnering with Globelet.

It’s this kind of model that is rapidly inspiring other businesses to adopt the same behaviour. As Ryan was told by Steve Jobs right hand man, ‘anyone can sell things. But with the same amount of investment, energy and time you can build something hard and remarkable that changes the world, makes it better and makes an impact’.

Beyond the cup – Globelet reduces waste, keeps sites clean, changes behaviour, chooses people over profit and covers environmental sustainability for all parties involved.

From in-house recycling and washing systems, to the packaging of products and sustainability policies – there’s no limitation to eco-friendliness when you decide to be creative about it.

This year’s TEDxSydney will be the first zero-waste conference in Australia and will showcase the Globelet washing system and whole product life cycle in action. We hope to see you there, Globelet cup in hand

Australian version of the Freiberg Cup

Customers pay $1 for a reusable cup that can be returned to any participating business in the city center.



How often have you found yourself needing a coffee on the run, yet without a reusable mug? Does it prevent you from ordering that coffee? Unless you're Bea Johnson, the answer is likely "no." You take the coffee to go, and, if you're like me, feel incredibly guilty for the duration of the drink.

But what if you could get a reusable coffee mug on the spot -- an affordable, convenient option that eliminates a good amount of waste? (And I'm not talking about the $25 themed ones that Starbucks hawks aggressively at Christmastime.)

The city of Freiburg, Germany, has come up with an excellent solution to the problem of rampant coffee cup waste and human forgetfulness. In November 2016, it launched the Freiburg Cup, a hard plastic to-go cup with a disposable lid that's provided to businesses by the city. Customers pay a €1 deposit for the cup, which can be returned to any one of 100 stories in the city center. These stores will disinfect and reuse the cups, up to 400 times. Participating stores have an identifying green sticker in the window.

The food- and dishwasher-safe cups are made in southern Germany from polypropylene and do not contain BPA or plasticizers. According to the new Life Without Plastic book (my go-to reference on plastic safety), polypropylene is fairly heat resistant and considered "relatively safe."

The program has been hugely successful in its first year, especially among students on the university campus. Other cities throughout Germany have expressed interest in replicating the program.

From the FAQ section of the Freiburg Cup website, having a reusable cup option is particularly relevant for Germans, who drink an impressive 300,000 cups of coffee per hour. This adds up to 2.8 billion coffee cups a year, all of which are used for an average of 13 minutes before being tossed out.

Disposable coffee cups cannot be recycled easily, as we've explained before on TreeHugger. The paper is lined with polyethylene to keep it waterproof, but this cannot be separated at standard recycling facilities. The resources required to produce such a great number of cups is staggering, as well.

"43,000 trees, 1.5 billion liters of water, 320 million kWh of electricity, 3,000 tons of crude oil. Disposable cups turn into garbage after a short use, and this results in 40,000 tons of residual waste nationwide. The cups are not recycled, in many places, lying around paper cups adversely affect the city cleanliness."

If coffee companies are unwilling to make changes (as Starbucks has shown itself to be), then cities and municipalities need to come up with better solutions -- especially ones that make eco-friendly decision-making as convenient as possible. The Freiburg Cup is proof that creative green alternatives do exist; its model could easily be exported elsewhere around the world.

Indeed, this is what Environment Commissioner Gerda Stuchlik hopes. The Freiburg Cups often disappear into tourists' suitcases as a cheap souvenir, a 15 percent shrinkage rate that is frustrating, but Stucklik sys, "We take comfort in the fact that the idea of educing waste is being exported to the world with every Freiburg Cup."

Reusable Packaging System for Cities

Globelet has released it's reusable packaging service for cities.

By integrating RFID technology we can help retailers reduce single-use plastic packaging through trackable products and an in-built loyalty schemes connected to Globelet.

Launched New Zealand. Globelet is taking reusable cups to a new level in the circular economy. Billions of single use paper cups annually are discarded. Disposable cups are 95% cardboard and 5% polyethylene which requires specialist recycling to separate. Paper cup manufacturing generates around 1.3 million tonnes of Carbon Dioxide emissions annually.

NRL Grand Final & Macklemore



September 20th, 2017

Sydney, Australia – The NRL has announced that they will trial the sale of reusable cups with Globelet for the 2017 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final at ANZ Stadium on October 1st, 2017.

NRL branded cups will be introduced at two of the bars as a reusable cup system to help eliminate single use plastic cups. This will be the first NRL and major sporting events in Australasia to make a move towards ending single use plastic at stadiums and sports games in Australia.

Sports games are known for consuming large amounts of disposable cups. The NRL and Globelet expects this partnership to improve the event, reduce its waste and improve cleanliness on site.

Globelet’s hope is for all NRL games and major sporting events in Australia to open up to the idea of eliminating single use plastic, and offering a waste free, and more enjoyable drinking option.



It is hard to put on a successful event. The weather, staff, and logistics are always against you.

The last thing you want to do is be green.

However, some green ideas can save you a lot of money and time. 

Here are 3 ideas that every festival and event should implement.

Stop Single Use Compostables and Plastic Products

  1. In 40 years only 14% of plastic has been recycled

  2. Compostable Plastic still has to be sorted and composed of like plastic. Unless you are paying for proper systems it will cost you more money and have no real effect apart from green washing.  

  3. It takes almost the same amount of energy to produce a reusable product as a compostable product. 

  4. Whether compostable or plastic. If single-use they will litter the event and make it untidy. 


Use a reusable cup system like Globelet. This will save your event a lot of money and create real change.

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Deposit Can Systems

  1. Unlike plastic aluminium cans are more readily recyclable.

  2. Festivals like Harbourlife and Grove in the Moo put a $1 deposit on all cans. 

  3. This means that customers do all the sorting and recycling of cans for the customers and saves you a lot of money on cleaning. 

  4. If you must use cans and wet pour is not an option, this is a great green option for events

 The Brazilian/Australian team of Motti Smith are leaders in implementing a solution like this. 

Waste Management

  1. Festivals can produce a lot of waste. 

  2. Sometimes it doesn’t matter if you have a can or reusable cup system.

  3. Vendors and Camping create the most waste. 

  4. The best solution is to contract a waste team who understands events and does 100% of sorting of both recycling, rubbish and compostable bins. 

  5. This has the benefit of having a record of where all your waste comes from, what it is and how much it cost so you can strategise to minimise it in future years. 


Clean Event is the only waste company that will sort 100% of your waste and recycling so you can have data on your true diversion rate. 


We round up 5 of the best beer festivals taking place across New Zealand this summer.

All of them are reusable and are the most sustainable festivals out there. 

From Queenstown to little old Cambridge.

We put the spotlight on 5 beer festivals worth adding to your summer calendar.

Without further ado…

The Great kiwi Beer Festival Globelets

The Great kiwi Beer Festival Globelets

1. The Great Kiwi Beer Festival

Join the beer festival that has to sample 300+ craft beers and ciders from a selection of NZ's best craft breweries! Plus taste your way around the wares of the best food trucks in town and get down to the sounds of some great live entertainment.

The Great Kiwi Beer Festival is a celebration of the brewing industry in New Zealand, hosted by industry experts.

Attendees will be able to sample brews from diverse locales spanning from Europe to Asia, and the presence of many brewmasters onsite will give patrons the opportunity to interact with the people behind their favourite brands.

With live performance, cooking demonstrations, seminars, brand experience areas, beer and food matching and much more, The Great Kiwi Beer Festival is the ultimate "cheers" to New Zealand's affinity with the great amber nectar.

Where: Christchurch, New Zealand

When: January

Dunedin Beer Festival

2. Dunedin Craft Beer Festival

Lock it in friends: the November with see the Fifth instalment of the Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festival take over the entire pitch of the Forsyth Barr Stadium.

With tantalising treats that'll appeal to every kind of palate, and entertainment for the young and old - from seminars to bouncy castles to high-quality kiwi music - we reckon it's the highlight of the calendar year!

They are also offering a homebrew competition this year, where you could be the 2017 Dunedin Craft Beer festivals beer of the year :) 

Where: Dunedin, New Zealand

When: November

Summer Beer Festival Globelet

Summer Beer Festival Globelet

3. Summer Beer Festival Queenstown

Come check out some of New Zealand's best craft breweries in the heart of Queenstown: Garage Project, Tuatara, 8Wired, Panhead, Cargo and many more.

Set in the mighty Queenstown. Who could ask for a better place to have a beer? 

Where: Queenstown, New Zealand

When: January 

Chow and Tipple

Chow and Tipple

4. Chow and Tipple

The Chow & Tipple is a boutique Food, Beer & Wine Festival based in Cambridge, New Zealand. The inaugural event is set to take place March. 

It is one of the latest editions to our Beer Festivals in New Zealand

Where: Cambridge, New Zealand

When: March 

Beast of a Feast

Beast of a Feast

5. Beast of a Feast

Beast of a Feast returns in 2018 and this summer's hottest craft beer and food festival in Mount Maunganui! A rockstar lineup of some of New Zealand's best breweries and street food vendors provides the perfect setting for you to acclimatise to a new year! Challenge your mates to a match of table tennis or perhaps meet the brewers behind the beers at ‘The Beer Affair’ tent. Compete for spending credit with competitions throughout the day! Or just sit back and enjoy the entertainment on the big stage!

Beast of a Feast will be held on the 3rd of January at Soper Reserve, Mount Maunganui.

Where: Mt Manganui, New Zealand

When: January

Do you know of any other great Beer Festivals that should be reusable and sustainable with Globelet?

Beer Festival Globelet

Beer Festival Globelet

10 Best Music Festivals in Australia and New Zealand 2017

10 Best Music Festivals in Australia and New Zealand

We round up 10 of the best music festivals taking place across Australisa this summer.

They are also the 10 greenest festivals on this side of the ditch.

All of them are reusable and are the most sustainable festivals out there. 

From Beer Gardens, Surf Beaches, to watching the action from your very own yacht, or just surfing someone New Zealand coastline – there’s something for everyone when it comes to summer music festivals here in New Zealand.

We put the spotlight on 10 festivals worth adding to your summer calendar Without further ado…

Rhythm and Vines Reusable Cups -2017

Rhythm and Vines Reusable Cups -2017


The first festival to see the sun. This year the organiser’s have gone all out to produce an unforgettable experience with a consistent line-up of hard hitting party starters. The festival sold out last year and we almost sold out of reusable cups.

If there is one festival to go to down under it is this. 

Where: Waiohika Estate, Gisborne, New Zealand 

When: December 29 – 31, 2017

Splore Festival - 2017

Splore Festival - 2017


New Zealands best kept secret. Splore is likely to be one of the best music festivals in the world. Set in a spectacular location – you can watch acts on the main stage as you soak up the sun on the beach, or even from the yacht. Yes, you can bring your own boat. Splore also focused on becoming a Zero Waste festival and have their own wedding chapel.

Where: Tapapakanga Regional Park, 70km out of Auckland, New Zealand 

When: February 19 – 21, 2018

Northern Bass Festival Cup 2017

Northern Bass Festival Cup 2017


Northern Bass brings together all elements of local and international bass culture even the most clued-up enthusiasts didn’t even know about – grime, drum n bass, boom bap, neurocrunk, glitch-hop, ghetto funk, hip-hop, funk, dubstep and more.

Where: Worsfold Farm, Mangawhai, New Zealand

When: December 30 – 31, 2017

Reusable Cups at Womad Festival 

Reusable Cups at Womad Festival 


The World of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD) brings together a melting pot of styles and artists from across the globe and throws them right into the heart of the mighty Taranaki. The festival has a central aim of celebrating the world’s many forms of music, arts and dance and is known for its breathtaking performances and family friendly atmosphere. They celebrate ten years on the block this March.

Where: TSB Arena and Brooklands Bowl, New Plymouth, New Zealand

When: March 18 – 20, 2018

Woodford Folk Festival Cup 2017

Woodford Folk Festival Cup 2017


Woodford is the 6-day summer festival of freedom, music and expression. Set in the deep forest inland from the Sunshine Coast. You will be blown away by one of Australia's oldest and best festivals. The festival is a multi-genre event with an array of different styles of music.

Where:Woodford, QLD, Australia 

When: December 27-2nd, 2017

Coastella Music Festival

Coastella Music Festival


Set in the beautiful Kapiti Coast. Coastella you could say is New Zealand's play on the famous, Coachella :) But on the coast. Only 30 minutes out of Wellington it is one of the newest music festivals to open up in New Zealand! The one-day Festival showcases established and emerging local and international artists with an eclectic range of music covering indie rock, Americana, folk, Irish, pop, New Orleans swing, hip hop, singer songwriters, dreamy pop and electro.

Where: Kapiti Coast, Wellington, New Zealand 

When: February, 2018

Caloundra Music Festival Reusable Cups 

Caloundra Music Festival Reusable Cups 

7. Caloundra Music Festival

Enjoy four days of Sun, Surf and Soul at the beautiful Kings Beach on the Sunshine Coast!
The eleventh annual Caloundra Music Festival will be held over the September/October long weekend. 
The beautiful Kings Beach and surrounds will come alive to the sounds of a diverse line-up of entertainment featuring the best of the Australian music industry as well as incredible international artists. 

This not for profit family-friendly community event celebrates the environment, cultural achievements and community pride of the Caloundra area.

Where: Caloundra, QLD, Australia

When: September 2017

Hokitika Wild Foods Festival Cups

Hokitika Wild Foods Festival Cups

8. Hokitika WildFoods Festival

One of the most iconic events in New Zealand. Hokitika Wild Foods is a festival not to be missed. Over 6000 people head to the one prettiest parts of New Zealand to experience a food and Music Festival like no other. Prepare to eat testicals and Sperm while you kick back and listen to good music at night, while sipping one of New Zealands most famous craft beers out of a Globelet.

Where: Hokitika, New Zealand

When: March, 2018

Nostalgia Music Festival Reusable Cups 

Nostalgia Music Festival Reusable Cups 

9. Nostalgia Music Festival

Ranked one of the most popular music festivals in New Zealand. Nostalgia started as a boutique music festival on the side, to become one of the most successful up and coming festivals in New Zealand. An exclusive showcase of local food, drink, and entertainment - where top quality produce, products, and people come together with live performances from a select line-up of New Zealand’s finest musicians. 

Where: Christchurch, New Zealand

When: April 2018

Oro Music Festival Reusable Cups

Oro Music Festival Reusable Cups

10. Oro Music Festival

The youngest of all our festivals who decided to be green from day one. Oro Festival is the latest addition to New Zealand's Music Festival scene. Oro is part owned by one of New Zealands Maori tribes and is set out amongst their forest one hour out of Auckland.  

Where: Auckland, New Zealand

When: April 2018





Reusable Beer cups were hottest souvenir of Rio Olympics


RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Will Rodriguez put his collectible cup down just for a second, then — swoosh! — it was swiped.

He owned one of the hottest souvenirs of the Rio de Janeiro Games: A plastic Olympic gymnastics beer cup.

“That was a good one,” Rodriguez, of Dallas, lamented.

Yes, the Olympics has yet another cupping craze, though this one involves the swirling orange, blue and green color patterns on a yellow cup that include the name and silhouette for more than two dozen sports.

The most common sight at Olympic venues aren’t medals draped around necks, but fans walking around with arms full, fixated on finding the next beer stand and hoarding empty cups.

Beer here!

Sure, but fans are chugging — and sometimes just dumping — their half liters (about 17 ounces) of Skol lager simply for the empty cups. Then it’s back in line to put another 13 Brazilian reals (about $4) on the growing beer tab. That totals at least 300 reals for the set.

The cups are suddenly fueling the merchandise machine and have been traded, sold, and yes, even stolen, as fans clamor for hard-to-find sports such as gymnastics and soccer this deep into the Olympics.

About an hour before boxing’s Sunday evening session started, fans lined up 25 deep at some “cerveja” stands ready to go another round.

The long lines weren’t necessarily because of slow pours from the can into the cup. Once at the front of the line, fans would shake through stacks of cups until they found the one sport they wanted.

“Boxe! Boxe! Boxe!” one fan shouted in Portuguese in his search for boxing.

“No! No!” the server shouted, as he pointed to one of the other stands at Rio Centro.

So off the man went, without a beer, with a more pressing mission on tap for the night.

Trampoline, tennis, equestrian, taekwondo and water polo were the most common cups found Sunday at the complex that’s home to boxing, table tennis, badminton and weightlifting.

Brazilian native Sergio De Oliveira, now of Hoboken, New Jersey, wore his Team USA hat and shirt and gripped his equestrian (“hipismo”) cup.

De Oliveira and husband Terry Miles are trying to collect the cups of all 14 events they’ve seen at the Olympics.

De Oliveira had no idea that when he bought a gymnastics cup at the opening ceremony, the hunk of plastic would soon spark a memorabilia frenzy.

“It was huge we got it all,” Miles said.

Miles doesn’t drink, leaving all the beer guzzling to De Oliveira.

They have about 10 cups so far, but had yet to find their No. 1 target — archery. They also wanted synchronized diving.

But don’t expect the couple to auction the cups on eBay to recoup the 130 reals and counting they’ve spent on their collectibles. They are keeping most of them and will share a few with friends back in the United States.

Carmen Pruneda, of San Antonio, Texas, had no interest in sipping any light blonde lager.

“I’m looking for cups, but I don’t drink beer,” she said.

Pruneda has traded pins for cups, and cups for pins. She hit a bit of good luck when a woman dropped a cup on an escalator. The woman asked Pruneda if she was a collector. When she said yes, the stranger gave her both of her cups, boosting Pruneda’s total to six.

One beer server said it was forbidden to just buy a cup.

The trinkets are a steal compared to other Olympic merchandise. Olympic hats are going for about 60 reals, T-shirts for 80 to 100 and keychains are 35. One man bought a beach towel at the souvenir stand — a soft landing spot for the three cups he then stuffed inside his shopping bag.

Come to think of it, those purple circles dotting Michael Phelps’ shoulder and back from his cupping therapy do look like coasters.

Maybe he wouldn’t mind serving as a true arm rest for the cups at the next Olympic bash.

While stuffed trash bags and overflowing bins of Skol aluminum beer cans are a sore sight at the games, there’s not a plastic cup around to recycle.

“It has been a good way to keep litter down,” Rodriguez said.

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Every year stadiums and major events across the world are going reusable. From the Rio Olympics, Rugby World Cup, Fifa World Cup and more. They all decided to stop using single use plastic cups. 


Reusables increase revenue.
Reusables are great for the environment. 

Reusable Cup Stade de France

Reusable Cup Stade de France

1. Stad de France

Stade de France is the flagship stadium of France. As France is the first country in the world to ban disposable plastic, it seems fitting that Stade de France is the first on our list.


Where: Paris, France

Date it went reusable: 2010 first stadium in the world to go reusable

2. Rio Olympics

The Olympics went reusable. It transformed their beer sales, created a scarce momento and eliminated all their single use waste. Reportedly fans lined up not for the beer but for the cups. 

Where: Rio, Brazil

3. 2015 Rugby World Cup

Reusable ecocups from Rugby at Twickenham Stadium

Reusable ecocups from Rugby at Twickenham Stadium

England decided to set the standard and in 2015 Twickenham Stadium went fully reusable with the Rugby World Cup reusable "Fan Cup". Over 140,000 single use cups were being thrown away every event, so with reusable Globelet like cups this has now been reduced to zero. 

Estimated Increase in Revenue:  $1-300,000 AUD per event
Estimated Waste Savings: 140,000 single use cups

The Twickenham Fan Cup has provided:

  • A cleaner stadium and significantly reduced the waste leaving the stadium.
  • A quality cup to enjoy a drink at no extra cost.
  • A value souvenir to remember your experience at Twickenham Stadium.

Where: Twickenham, England

4. Soccer World Cup

Soccer World Cup Reusable Cups

Soccer World Cup Reusable Cups

Yes Brazil went reusable for the Rio Olympics, but it also did it for the Soccer World Cup. It increased beer sales, and was a bright cup which meant that people enjoyed getting photos taken.  

Where: Rio, Brazil

5. Euro 2016

Euro 2016 Cups France

Euro 2016 Cups France

These are probably some of the best looking reusable cups we have ever seen.  Made for the Euro 2016 soccer world cup. This event was impressive with their WASTE MANAGEMENT actions, with a complete report on why they want to stop single use waste. They went on to achieve a 50% recycling rate, zero waste to landfill and greater public awareness by following the 3R Strategy (Reduction, Reuse, Recycle). 

Where: France

6. Stade de la Beaujoire

Stade de la Beaujoire Cups

Stade de la Beaujoire Cups

Stade de la Beaujoire is leading the way with its partnering stadium Stade de France. Every Rugby Club in France has it's own collection of reusable cups where the rugby clubs have committed to eliminate single use waste. 

Where: Beaujoire, France

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