waste

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.

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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."

3 GREEN IDEAS THAT SAVE EVENTS MONEY

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. 

 

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

Tane WIlliams Globelets

 

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

SOLUTION:
 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. 

SOLUTION:

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. 

Humans of Waste - Kombucha

We are a little Kombucha obsessed. 

We drink it everyday and we have created reusable Globelet’s for three of New Zealand’s most iconic Kombucha brands Organic Mechanic , Good Buzz Brewing, and Wabi O.

What is Kombucha? 

Essentially it’s a fermented tea-based beverage that uses a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast),  as a starter culture to produce a probiotic and gut-healing beverage.

It is good for your gut, which in turn is good for your brain.

A good brain equals a good life. 

We love Kombucha. 

This blog is a dedication to our three favourite Kombucha Brands.

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Organic Mechanic - Auckland

The OM Boys

The OM Boys

Known as the OM boys. 

The Organic Mechanic has exploded on the Auckland scene ever since they set up their famous juice and smoothie stand at the La Cigale French Markets

A year ago they started producing Kombucha. It was the right drink at the right time and the Auckland market exploded. 

As a team of dedicated Eco warriors, they are on a mission as a business to take care of Mother Nature, and do all they can to minimise the carbon footprint they leave behind. 

They are creating a closed loop Zero Waste system with reusable Globelets as their cups and refill keg stations. 

Their next plan is to roll Kombucha Refill Stations (see below) out all over the country, (starting with their OM shack).

 

Wabi O Kombucha - Christchurch

Wabi O Kombucha being bottled 

Wabi O Kombucha being bottled 

Wabi O (‘Wah-Bee-Oh’): Abbreviation for Wabi Originals, a liquid transformation venture. 

Wabi Originals was born out of a chance meeting between a food pioneer and a tea expert in New Zealand.

After the Christchurch earthquakes, Wabi O's founders emerged from the tea room, ready to bring their Kombucha's to the world.

They have an array of different flavours to hit almost anybodies palate, with their product now found in North America and Christchurch, New Zealand

 

Good Buzz Kombucha - Wellington

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We first meet the Good Buzz family at the world famous Wanderlust Festival in Great Lake Taupo

After one year, the family business - run by dad Alex - took off. 

You can now find Good Buzz Kombucha almost anywhere in the country, partenered with various amazing brands, including Globelet.

They are so advanced that they have even brought out a Kombucha that is made with Coffee. 

HOW TO REDUCE WASTE AT EVENTS…

The waste generated at events has become a major issue. 

Disposable plastic cups litter fields at festivals with smashed cups

 But there are even bigger issues. 

  • Cheap tents get left at the end of events. Smashed. With no option but too go to landfill. 
  • Generators suck litres of diesel just to power the sound systems.
  • Disposable plastic water bottles are consumed just to keep festival goers hydrated. 
  • Thousands of people drive with half empty cars to the same destination with no thought to share the ride. 

The result is tens of thousands of dollars in waste expenses.

It is hard enough for Festival directors to make a profit. The last thing the want to think about is their waste. 

Enter Green Shoot Pacific (GSP).

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GSP are New Zealand's leading event sustainability professionals providing a full suite of sustainability services including waste minimisation strategies.

Founded by one of New Zealand's leading festival directors, Amanda Wright from Splore Festival and New Zealand's leading sustainability consultant, Dave Watson. 

Together they have created remarkable results at numerous festivals in New Zealand including Splore, Rhythm 'n' Alps and Northern Bass

Their main focus includes 

  • The identification of sustainability issues and their impact. 
  • The development of integrated management systems and action plan
  • Team Training

And much more… 

If you are looking at reducing your waste, support the environment and reduce your waste cost. 

Check out GSP here

 

 

 

Dave and Amanda (GSP) with Globelets. 

Dave and Amanda (GSP) with Globelets. 



10 IDEAS TO CREATE AN AMAZING FESTIVAL

Below is a list of inventions that will make your festival better then you ever imagined possible. Hopefully you get something from it. If not, scan straight too the bottom for a good laugh!

 

1- AWOP - Forget tokens and payment issues at your event

AWOP provides cashless payment systems to large scale festivals around the world. Inspired in New Zealand by Andrew Mowbray, it uses RFID technology to control and monitor every monetary transaction. AWOP gives you 100% transparency on every transaction for every vendor on site and complete control of your event. No more tokens or payment issues. AWOP changes the game. AWOP can also be fully integrated with Globelet. Check out AWOP

 

2- GLOBELET - Get rid of the cups
 

WARNING! We wrote this email :)

Cups can be the biggest mess at an event. Globelet, create sustainable reusable cup solutions to Festivals and Events. Delivering cost savings, revenue streams for promoters and dramatically reducing the environmental impact. Imagine a world without waste from disposable cups. That is what Globelet is about. Customisable, New Zealand made and recyclable, 100% reusable and BPA free inside and out. We are about to release a NZ inspired wine glass and beer cup. Summer production is getting full. Contact us ASAP to secure cups for your next event. Check out Globelet 
 

 

3- GROWTH HACKER MARKETING - The new free marketing
 

Traditional marketing is not effective any more. Growth Hacking is a cheaper and more effective way of getting your product visibility and customers. Growth Hackers were the secret weapons behind the launch of the biggest startups in the world such as Facebook, Twitter, UBER, Airbnb, Dropbox. These brands came out of nowhere and acquired collectively billions of users. How? You break the rules of marketing. Use the media to your advantage. Forget celebrity endorsement. Create remarkable and controversial stories that spread. Become the first event in the world, where you can buy tickets via Bitcoin? Check out Growth Hacker Marketing

 

 

4- GREEN SHOOT PACIFIC - Creating the greenest events possible
 

GreenShoot Pacific NZ (GSP) advise and support event organisers with an extended suite of sustainability services including waste minimisation, transport and energy strategies, vendor and volunteer management, procurement, education and communication strategies that produce credible benchmark results. The Globelet is a key tool in achieving these results and GSP work closely with event organisers to seamlessly manage and integrate Globelet into onsite bar, vendor and catering systems. Check out www.greenshootpacific.com



5- MOTION SICKNESS STUDIOS - Create amazing videos

MSS is a full service independent agency specialising in contact and social. They are the Maserati of Videos and creation. Literally (they work with Maserati). If you want a drone at your festival and amazing creative video content (check this out). More at www.motionsicknessstudio.com


6- SECRET SOUND CONNECT - Sponsors, Activations, Sponsors, Sponsors

Australia's leading music rights management agency. Bringing brands to life in the freshest of places. SS Connect, connect visionary brands with music lovers, influencers and youth through partnerships with some of the worlds best and most revered music festivals and artist. They create intuitive, original brand campaigns that harness the power of music to spark personal connections, tell stories and build loveable brands. They secure and create the most amazing sponsorship activations possible. Check out SS Connect
 

 

7- BLACK MILK CLOTHING - A Million dollar business on a $0 marketing budget
 

It can be hard to find ways of marketing your business. With social media, Cameron Parker took BMC to over 2.5 million dollars by its second year. How? The Globelet team went and met Cameron the other day to find out his secrets. Email us, to receive a free copy of our notes. Otherwise check out this awesome podcast about how Cam did it, here


 

8- SPOTIFY - Promote your festival in a whole new way
 

Spotify is taking over the world of music - fast. Goodbye iTunes, Goodbye radio, hello Spotify. At Splendour in the Grass, Spotify donated wheelbarrows to help fans move gear in-between their tents. Spotify can be a dynamic new way for festivals, through contra agreements, to promote their lineup, market their sponsors and target potential fans directly. More on partnering with them, here.
 

 

9- GULL ENERGY - Go Bio Fuel

 

At Splore Festival 2015, Gull created an edible billboard. Lets face it. The generators at festivals and events use a lot of diesel. If you are going to use diesel, why not use bio diesel. Independently owned Gull Energy, is the best source of bio fuel in New Zealand. They are committed to making a difference. They support a number of events. More here - Gul

10- Gary Vaynerchuck - If Content is King, then Context is God

What do consumers want? They're really, really good at blocking out content that is not relevant and compelling to them. Content they deem "advertising" no matter what format you deliver it in. I wrote this, not to advertise, but hopefully to add some value to your festival. If the content was not relevant. I have added a bonus below.
 


11- BONUS! Need a laugh?
 

Just in case you didn't get any value from this email, my father was in California yesterday trying to pat a Bisson. He was thinking it was as tame as a cow. 
 




PUT A DENT IN THE UNIVERSE - GLOBELET 2.0

This is the first of our new monthly Globelet blog post. 

Apart from this post. I will be writing an update on Globelet, our missions, and what we are doing. 

I should have started this blog a long time a go, but I didn't, so today marks a magic day. 

Just over 3 years a go. My best friend, Hélène and I set up Globelet. Writing this brings tears to my eyes.

We have come a long way. 

I have just updated the Globelet website, created a new rental system, and I am now dreaming of even more ways that, with Globelet, we can dramatically reduce waste and get rid of disposable cups. 

This is my thanks to all the people who have helped make Globelet happen. I could never have made my dreams possible without you. 


My Parents, David Quin, Mason, Laurie Mains, Rapha (the dog), Raphaelle, Graham Rickard, Adam Gage, Ian Davis, John Snowball, Thomas Verbeek, Amanda Wright, Dave Watson, Sharon Mciver, Jonnie Halsted, and the many more who have given me a lending hand along the way. 

To you, I am so very very grateful. I only dreamed Globelet would get to where it is now. You are all who made it possible. 

 

-- The Globelet story -- 


In 2012 I meet a gorgeous girl who helped change my life. Helene Lompech. On a walk in the Milford sound, Helene said  "why don't your festivals have reusable cups, when you are such a green country". That day would mark the first day of our adventurous journey. 

We went on a mission and 3 months latter, we had our first client. The Dunedin Forsyth Barr Stadium. Thanks to, my now close friend, John Snowball, we had our first order for Globelets. 

But there was a catch. We needed a sponsor. After 1000 emails, countless "no's", I had almost given up and then suddently we found our guy. Someone who likes to make things happen. Ex All Black coach, Laurie Mains. 

Laurie sponsored our first ever Globelets. They went into the stadiums corporate lounges with his brand GJ Gardener Homes on the front. Thanks to Laurie and John, I now had the confidence to believe anything is possible. 

Our first ever Globelets

Our first ever Globelets

 

Within the next three months we went on to win Entrepreneur of the year at the Audacious Business awards, we catered to countless events and started a globelet that we hoped would promote an app to stop bottled water. 

We called it Tiki Wai. Tiki Wai was the brain child of Helene and I. With the help of our good friend Thomas Verbeek, we made a world first app that would showcase 1000s of drinking fountains across New Zealand, eliminating the need to ever need bottled water. 

Better yet, Tiki Wai, was connected to over 100 bars and cafes that gave over $1000 free beer and coffee in each cup.

10,000 people would go onto enjoy Tiki Wai. Sadly it discontinued as my Law degree commitments took hold and Helenes visa ended. 

We hope to release Tikiwai 2.0 latter this year. 

 

A backpacker using Tikiwai at Blue spring in New Zealand. 

A backpacker using Tikiwai at Blue spring in New Zealand. 

We had other crazy experiences with Globelet. These are photos from our first major festival. Tumblr Sounds On. Big thanks to Jonnie Halsted for using us and to my mate Thomas Heaton for helping me. 

Even Tiki Tane got hold of one of our Globelets :)

Even Tiki Tane got hold of one of our Globelets :)

We latter went on to help Splore. Thanks to Amanda Wright and Dave Watson. Globelet would then go on to cater to its largest festival to date. It made a dramatic impact. Since then, many festivals have taken the leap to make a dramatic change. 

Our next stage for Globelet, is to create systems that allow any event across New Zealand use the cups and save money at the same time. I am excited to see where the journey leads and for the other crazy mavericks I will meet along the way who like to make stuff happen. 

Here is to making a difference. Here is to doing the important stuff. Here is to the crazy ones who care enough to go try and make the world a better place then yesterday. 

Thanks so much for all your continual support. 

Love, 

Ryan