An independent study just proved that Globelet is really better than compostable at Music Festivals.
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
In 40 years only 14% of plastic has been recycled
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.
It takes almost the same amount of energy to produce a reusable product as a compostable product.
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.
Deposit Can Systems
Unlike plastic aluminium cans are more readily recyclable.
Festivals like Harbourlife and Grove in the Moo put a $1 deposit on all cans.
This means that customers do all the sorting and recycling of cans for the customers and saves you a lot of money on cleaning.
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.
Festivals can produce a lot of waste.
Sometimes it doesn’t matter if you have a can or reusable cup system.
Vendors and Camping create the most waste.
The best solution is to contract a waste team who understands events and does 100% of sorting of both recycling, rubbish and compostable bins.
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.
Compostable or Recyclable or Reusable - We have all be tricked by packaging experts.
A lot of kiwis drink their coffee in a compostable cup and think they are doing the right thing. We found out this month, that that was far from the truth. The eco, bio, compostable packaging companies had tricked us.
So what is the alternative?
What happens when you buy a coffee in a compostable cup?
If it gets thrown in a recycling or rubbish bin (how many compostable bins have you seen), it goes to landfill, it is now worse for the environment than a recyclable plastic cup.
If it gets thrown in a recycling bin dirty (how many people wash their cup before disposing it) or if it goes rubbish bin, it goes to landfill, it is now worse for the environment than a unrecyclable plastic cup.
How many people remember to bring their reusable cup? How many people forget to wash their reusable cup? If you forget it, or if it is dirty, you will likely end up getting a compostable or disposable cup and adding to the problem.
There is a big opportunity. The opportunity is to design a reusable product that becomes part of the system. It becomes a forever cup. It has collection points, it has ease of use, it becomes part of everybody's habits, and it doesn't cost the consumer money, it doesn't trick the coffee companies into compostable, and it saves the world from disposable cups.
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Why festivals stopped using compostable cups?
When Splore festival decided to introduce Globelet, the main cause for change was that they were consuming over 5 compostable cups per person.
With Globelet they only needed 1.5 cups per person.
That is almost five times less cups consumed per person.
How can a disposable product be ecological?
A biodegradable cup, like any cup, requires the consumption of raw materials for it's manufacture.
Every cup that is made, regardless that it is made of compostable material, requires the same amount of energy as it takes to produce a Globelet.
What does this mean?
5 times as many cups a produce per person when a compostable cup is used and every cup is produced for single use.
Biodegradable cups are not eliminated immediately from this earth and take a significant amount of time to degrade.
The worst part: Biodegradable cups need to be sorted perfectly to be used for compost.
A Globelet cup is circular
Made in New Zealand
Reused (100 times)
Reusable locally (wash) at our washing centres
Refurbish locally (we can reprint the cup)
Recycled locally (we can recycle any of our cups in New Zealand)
A Compostable cup is linear
Made in China
Used (1 time)
Composted (if it is lucky to make it to the compost factory)