Restaurants to get tips on how reusables can work in Bermuda
Restaurateurs can learn this week about how reusable schemes that have been introduced around the world can also be used in Bermuda.
Different approaches to being more environmentally friendly will be covered in a free webinar at 10am on Tuesday.
A spokeswoman for Beyond Plastic said: “Perpetual will provide the hospitality sector with the latest information on existing reusable programmes from around the world, including the US, Canada and France.
“They will show attendees how a reusable programme could successfully be deployed in Bermuda, while also discussing the pros, cons and pitfalls of various models.”
She added that Ellie Moss, a speaker at the webinar, and the Perpetual team “bring expertise in reuse systems, governance models and operations, and believe reuse is a climate solution as well as a plastic-waste solution”.
Ms Moss said: “Reusable foodware systems offer a range of environmental, economic and aesthetic benefits over single-use plastics.
“Single-use disposable items are costly to human health, governments and the environment.
“Reuse is also a climate strategy. Efficient and safe reusable foodware systems can save cities and businesses money, contribute to cleaner streets and provide a better experience for users.
“However, we aren’t there yet. To help get to the next level on reuse, Perpetual designs and implements city-scale reusable foodware solutions based on the context and needs of all of stakeholders.”
The UN Environment Programme said earlier: “Prioritising reusable products is not only critical for environmental health, but it can also be cost-effective.
“Businesses that allow consumers to bring their own bags, cups or containers can save on SUP-associated supply and storage expenditure, while customers can avoid potentially paying extra for shopping bags or containers.”
The Beyond Plastic spokeswoman added: “By eliminating SUPs businesses can actually save money and improve efficiencies.
“Replacing SUPs with alternative, eco-friendly and more sustainable products is a start. However, this solution continues to add to the single-use issue and waste stream.
“Reusables are the most effective solution for the environment and ultimately must become a large part of the solution.
“Creating a circular economy, where we reduce, reuse and recycle is the most effective means of reducing greenhouse gasses and slowing climate change.”
* To attend the free webinar, register athttps:bit.ly/RegisterBPBWebinar.