Plastic Free Glasto

Earlier this month, the organizers of Glastonbury Festival, one of the biggest events of the summer, worked with Greenpeace to ban the sale of single-use plastic bottles and encouraged visitors to bring their own reusable alternatives. Sir David Attenborough himself made an appearance on the pyramid stage to thank the festival goers for going plastic free. It is estimated that the festival will have eliminated the use of one million plastic drinking water bottles as a result of their new plastic rules

Although this is a huge positive step forward for the festival, media coverage would suggest that not everyone got the plastic free message, referring to complaints of queues for drinking water refills despite 850 taps being provided. A sea of litter was left after the event (although not as much as previous years), including the infamous tents which were abandoned as revellers returned home.  The tents may be canvas, nylon, polyester or a more exotic mix of materials and hopefully, the useable ones were collected by charities for reuse.

At SEL Group Ltd we have a PLuSH assessment tool which helps organisations to assess the plastic impact of their activities associated with events, sales and hospitality. Our tool assesses issues from Advertising to Vending Machines and includes a review of the packaging on goods in, cleaning, gifting, event promotional materials, sales, catering and services such as laundry and security.

From Admission Badges to  Zero waste shopping –  we assess it all!

This is the rating for our training events, and as you can see following our review we identified some opportunities to reduce our plastic footprint further.

PLuSH Audit Result: SEL Group Ltd June 2019.

 

You don’t have to be the size of  Glastonbury to think about your plastic impacts. The Let’s Do Business Event in June at Uttoxeter Racecourse had 65% stands still offering plastic gifts, 10% stands still offering plastic bags and an abundance of plastic water bottles on sale although I didn’t see any refill points.

If they had completed the PLuSH review we would have suggested that they reconsidered/justified the balloon arch and applied a few plastic rules for their event. Events should be fun, and a PLuSH event will still be fun but with a lower plastic footprint it could also be greener too.

If you would like to find out more about our PLuSH assessment tool which helps organisations to assess the plastic impact of their activities associated with events, sales and hospitality. Please get in touch:

info@selgroup.co.uk 

Tel. 01785 662967

 

 

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