The Princess Theatre has just taken delivery of new re-usable plastic pint and half pint cups. The Princess is one of the businesses in the town working towards achieving the status of a Plastic Free Community. The Princess has been looking at ways to reduce use of single use plastic whilst still providing the same level of service.
The Princess has already made changes within the Arts Lounge by moving to paper straws and recycled card takeaway coffee cups and they are actively looking at ways to use even more sustainable products.
The retractable seating in the auditorium means that glass cannot be used as any breakages falling into the mechanism could cause significant damage. Up until now, during events and shows, cold drinks have been served in single use plastic glasses, which whilst recyclable, have meant up to 200 being used and thrown away at each event.
At the recent Princess Management Committee meeting members considered purchasing reusable cups instead. A local company in Highbridge: Green Goblets have provided cups with the Princess and Plastic Free logos.
The idea behind these cups is that they will significantly reduce the waste from single use plastic and provide a sustainable and cost effective alternative to glass for use in the theatre. Customers will be charged a £1 deposit for the cup with their first drink. Then when they buy their next drink they will bring their cup to the bar and it will be exchanged for a clean one. They can either return the cup for their deposit, take it home as a souvenir or use it again at a later date! The deposit charged meets the cost of the glass plus a little extra which will cover the purchase once a significant number of them have been kept.Sam Nicol, Theatre Manager commented, “Every step we take to reduce waste is a step in the right direction. I love these cups and I’m so pleased that the Princess is helping to raise awareness of this important issue in our towns.”The new cups will be launched at the screening of the film ‘A Plastic Ocean’, the newly released dramatic film about the impact of plastic on our seas. The film starts at 2pm on October 13th and is free to attend, so come along and see what small changes we can all make to help protect the coastline and the seas around us.