Hastings Fat Tuesday becomes UK’s first single-use plastic-free multi-venue festival

by John Bownas
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Hastings Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras to the uninitiated) believes it will be the first multi-venue festival in the UK to stop using single-use plastic cups. 

Organisers said:

“As a coastal town we have a responsibility to save our oceans and to stop swamping landfill with endless quantities of plastic cups.” 

Adam Daly

The uk produces 400 million tons of plastic every year and 40% of that plastic will only be used once before it is binned.  Carrier bags, drinks bottles, crisp packets and of course, events cups are prime examples of single-use plastics.

A desire to see an end to all this waste has driven 247 Taxis to join forces with Fat Tuesday and Plastic Free Hastings. 

“247 are delighted to be working with the Fat Tuesday team – bringing a vision of reusable plastic glasses to a major event in Hastings. Whilst we are looking at this year as a trial, we would hope that between ourselves and other local companies we can build on the foundations for many years and promote events in Hastings as the leaders in reducing event plastic waste. Help support our vision by grabbing yourself a plastic pint glass this Fat Tuesday.”

Stewart Smith – 247 Taxis

The Fat Tuesday team have designed a cool and eminently collectable re-usable cup to commemorate the festival’s 10th anniversary in an effort to reduce the negative environmental impact major events can have on the planet.   They can be purchased from all the participating bars at just £2 per cup and re-used at any of the venues showcasing fantastic free music around town throughout the five-day event. 

Although the organisers hope they have enough cups to last the weekend they are calling on guests to ensure they bring them back each day to avoid venues having to fall back on compostable plastic cups which have been set aside as a back up. 

A spokesman sad:

“These are not ideal as we don’t have an industrial compost site in the South East of England.  This means that the compostable cups will be incinerated but we have at least gone for a product that won’t release a noxious gas as standard plastics do.”

This is just the start. We’d like to see all other Hastings events and festivals use this same model in order to really reduce the use of single-use plastics.”

Hastings Fat Tuesday

The full Hastings Fat Tuesday 2019 programme will be announced soon.

For all the latest news and updates visit hastingsfattuesday.co.uk.

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