After our removal of plastic drinking straws from all of our outlets (it actually feels kinda weird going somewhere that gives you a straw now right?) has been pretty well received we’re taking it a step further in Arts Cafe where from Thursday May 31 we’ll be trialling not selling any plastic bottled drinks, only cans. Last year alone across campus we sold 1,136,339 (that’s well over one million) plastic bottles, so we’re talking pretty serious amounts here.
Now we know this could be a little contentious (we can’t be the only ones that like to hang onto a bottle of pop for at least a week) but plastic bottles are a huge source of plastic waste and this will make a sizeable difference to how much we’re creating. At the same time as the bottled drinks disappear we’ll be introducing a free still water dispenser in Arts Cafe where you’ll be able to fill up your water bottles, which we’re hoping should go some way to alleviating the inconvenience.
If all goes well in Arts Cafe (and we’re hoping that it will) then we’re aiming to cut out bottled drinks across the campus. We’d really like to hear what you think about the whole idea – is it a good one? Will it be a huge pain in the bum for you? Is the reduction in plastic waste worthwhile? Let us know in the comments below, or on our Hull Campus Life Twitter or Facebook. We’d love to hear from you.