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IT DOESN’T
STACK UP...
How disposables
compare to reusables

E | luke@hopesolutions.services W | www.hopesolutions.services E | rob@zapconcepts.com W | www.zapconcepts.com

THE SIZE OF THE PROBLEM...
The UK festival and live event industry
generates a huge volume of waste through
the widespread use of disposable plastic and
paper cups at events. This waste has a large
impact on the environment…

Due to the
complexity of
sorting disposable
cups from mixed
waste, most are
disposed of to
incineration with
energy recovery, or
to landfill

8.3

billion tonnes of
plastic produced in
the last 60 years

7,000+
outdoor events per annum

100+

million
plastic cups every year

500

years for plastic
to degrade

8m

tonnes of plastic
dumped in our
oceans in 2017

Plastic litter is
everywhere - 1 in 6
fish in UK waters
have ingested
plastic
Landfill and
incineration of
plastic leaches
pollutants into the
environment.
More than 90% of
the environmental
impact of
disposable cups is
caused by
manufacturing
them and then
only using them
once.

Only

Every time a drink is
served, at least 1
new cup must be
manufactured

85

million

The sheer volume
of disposable items
used has a massive
environmental
impact from
manufacture and
disposal

attendees
at live
events in
the UK
each year

9%

Have been recycled
in the last 60 years

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THE REUSE EFFECT...
Even when they are recycled, single use cups have a significantly higher
environmental impact due to the cumulative impact of manufacturing.

Disposable cups

4. Dispose

>65%

5. Downcycle
2. Use

1. Manufacture

3. Discard

<35%

Reusable plastic cups
After 75+ uses

1. Manufacture

2. Use

5. Downcycle

3. Wash

Reusable stainless steel cups

1. Manufacture

2. Use

After 1000+ uses

5. Recycle

3. Wash

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THE NUMBERS...
The figures stack up from both an environmental and cost perspective...

Disposable
(Single Use)
Paper Cups

Disposable
(Single Use)
Plastic Cups

Reusable
plastic cups

Reusable
Stainless
Steel Cup
(Recycled
Steel)

Uses recyclable
materials

Sometimes

Sometimes

Yes

Yes

Recycled

0-34%

0-34%

100%

100%

To landfill or
incineration

66%-100%

66%-100%

>0.1%

>0.01%

Reuseable

No

No

75+

Infinite

1 pint carbon
footprint (CO₂e)

17.2g

70.0g

168.0g

178.6g

75 pint carbon
footprint (CO₂e)

1,290.0g

5,250.0g

633.1g

642.3g

Raw material
per cup (g)

11.8g

20g

48g

113g

Waste material
per 75 uses (g)

885g

1,500g

0g

0g
Cost per no. uses;
Reusable vs disposable

Impact per no. uses;
Reusable vs disposable
Includes washing and transport

With in-house washing

1.5

£1.50
Disposable plastic

Disposable

Disposable paper

KG CO2e

1.0

£1.00

Reusable plastic

Reusable plastic

Reusable s/steel

0.5

0

£0.50

5

10

No. of pints

15

20

0

5

10

15

No. of pints

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THE SOLUTION...
Switching to reusable cups across the UK events
industry would not only reduce manufacturing
costs, but also the massive environmental impact
of disposable cup use

Each year, for every 1 million
reusable event cups in regular use:

Equivalent
to the
energy
used by an
average
UK
household
for 75
years

1,000
tonnes

of carbon emissions
would be avoided

300

tonnes

That’s
about the
weight of
167 Transit
Vans...

of waste would
be saved

A reusable cup has a
lower environmental
impact than a single
use cup after less
than 3 uses

Sources:
An Introduction To The UK Event Industry In Numbers | https:/www.eventbrite.co.uk/blog/uk-event-industry-in-numbers-ds00/
https://resource.co/article/83-billion-tonnes-plastic-produced-1950-say-researchers-11997
https://plasticoceans.org/the-facts/
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/plastic-produced-recycling-waste-ocean-trash-debris-environment/
Bath Inventory of Carbon and Energy (ICE) | http:/www.ghgprotocol.org/Third-Party-Databases/Bath-ICE
LCA Calculator | http:/www.lcacalculator.com/
You Sustain - How much CO2 is that? | http:/www.yousustain.com/footprint/howmuchco2?co2=1000000KG

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