Waste-busting trial of re-usable cups
Dubbed a ‘‘visionary’’ by people around her, Nelson Venues director Ali Lawley is on a mission to make the event industry more sustainable.
Lawley has started off with the New Zealand Cider Festival, which her company organises, using only re-usable cups for hot and cold drinks.
If the trial receives good feedback from stall owners as well as participants, another three trials will be run at the international cricket events in
Lawley said she had always been a ‘‘passionate environmentalist’’ and working in the event industry made her realise how much waste is being created.
She said she trialled re-usable cups for cold drinks at the Netball Super Cup in July and was keen to do the same with hot drinks.
Lawley contacted Steph Fry from IdealCup in Motueka and a collaboration was formed.
Lawley secured funding from Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council, enough to buy 500 of the IdealCups to use at events.
‘‘They were very supportive of the idea, because ultimately it’s a waste reduction exercise and an important part of both councils’ environmental policies.’’
At the New Zealand Cider Festival, everyone who purchased tickets prior to the festival online received a glass for their cold drinks, which they could take home.
Children, as well as anyone who missed out on the glasses, received a re-usable plastic beaker in return for a deposit, which they got back when they returned the beaker at the end of the festival.
For hot drinks IdealCups were used, with two options available; they could either be ‘‘rented’’ by paying a deposit or they could be bought for $12.
Lawley said attendees who already owned a re-usable cup were welcome to bring it with them, and received 50 cents off the price of their coffee.
If the trials turn out to be successful, Lawley said she was hopeful she could roll the model out to all events in the region to eliminate the use of single use cups for both hot and cold drinks.
Nelson City Council science and environment team leader Jo Martin, left, with Nelson Venues Ali Lawley and Park Life Brewing Co. cafe and bar manager Bex Richards with some of the reusable cups that will be used at the New Zealand Cider Festival at Founders Heritage Park.