There are a huge amount of festivals held every single year – from music festivals to food and drink festivals and everything in between. In 2015, it was calculated that a whopping 3.5 million people attended a festival. Although good for the economy, this also means a colossal amount of refuse left behind after the event including lots of plastic cups and straws.
It is incredibly important to take time to consider the environment when holding an event that such a large amount of people are going to attend. Here at Festival Bar Hire, we use high quality paper straws as well as biodegradable cups. This is one of the many ways that we are trying to reduce our own carbon footprint.
Biodegradable cups take approximately 3-6 months to decompose fully. In comparison, it takes plastic approximately 500-1,000 years to degrade! Not only does it take a long time, it is also extremely harmful to the environment.
It was recently made public that independent British festivals have committed to banning plastic bottles and straws by 2021. Although it’s great that independent festivals are taking the path to become more eco-friendly, we believe that all festivals should take a much more environmentally friendly approach. This means that they should all start using biodegradable cups as well as paper straws if they aren’t already. In addition, these festivals should try to make this change as soon as they possibly can.
It has been said that biodegradable plastic can be around 3x the price of regular plastic. However, paying that bit more to save our planet is more than worth it. Do you agree?
For more information on how we use biodegradable and eco-friendly options at our Festival Bars, contact us today!