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This Theatre Hasn't Embraced Plastic Reduction Use

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Went to theatre with granddaughter the other night. Normally I would take some water with me but being in a rush I forgot.

Went to the bar to buy two bottles of water but barperson began to pour into large plastic cups so I asked if I could take the bottle in with me. I was told no and above the noise heard something about rubbish in the theatre. Oh, says I, so we have to drink these before we go in? Oh no, came the reply, you can take it in with you.

For those of you who may not have quite got my dismay at this, I totally failed to see the logic in each person using two large items of plastic instead of the one bottle. Firstly, the plastic cup was just as likely to be left behind as rubbish and secondly there was far more risk of spillage using a plastic cup in the dark. Am I missing something here?

Lynibis
2 months ago
What do you think of this?
sunny101
sunny1012 months ago

That beggars belief! It seems crazy that everybody else is trying to be eco-conscious and these muppets are doubling up. Added to that, you probably paid 70% above the standard rate of a bottle of water so it adds insult to injury.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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2 months ago

Indeed, didn't catch the price as granddaughter paid (the theatre was a birthday treat from her to me) but yes, you can safely double prices at most bars, especially where there is a captive audience!

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kikogpe
kikogpe
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2 months ago

What do you mean by "everybody else is trying to be eco-conscious"? Is it a bad thing in your opinion?

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sunny101
sunny1012 months ago

kikogpe No, it's the way forward. I'm pro-active in my choice of packaging, where I can, so when you get a theatre actually doubling up on the plastic waste (with both bottle and cup) it seems as though they don't really care about the environment. Perhaps it's time to return to glass options?

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kikogpe
kikogpe
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2 months ago

sunny101 Ah, ok, now I get it.

From the example of the post, it doesn't seem to me that the concern is really with the environment, but an attempt to reduce costs in space maintenance (in this case, cleaning).

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sunny101
sunny1012 months ago

kikogpe I think the theatres should follow other coffee outlets' example and encourage own-cup use. At the very least, there should be the paper cup option. Granted, not so much profit but a better ethical choice.

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kikogpe
kikogpe
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2 months ago

sunny101 Definitely. The problem with our economy is this wild dispute to see who can do the same thing, as cheaply as possible. Unfortunately, the standard turns out to be as low as possible, and any attempt to change it would depend on public support. A theatre could announce that it would start using only biodegradable materials (which cost more), that all employees would receive a salary above the national minimum, and all of this would raise costs, which would increase the value of tickets as well.

My opinion is that the audience is the most important piece of this complex gear. If you support companies and businesses that are doing the right thing, even if you have to pay a little more, the result is a much better and harmonious society.

If you look only at the price for any product and service, this rhetoric will haunt you as you go about your life and society in general (salaries, working rights, etc).

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gerrykelly25
gerrykelly252 months ago

Maybe they considered the water bottles a potential missile if you didn’t like the play?!

We went to the theatre in New York a couple of years ago and there was a free drink cup with a lid on every seat (advertising the show). At the end, when the audience was leaving, it was unbelievable how much waste was on the ground, including these free plastic cups....

I fully understand your dismay Lynibis!

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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2 months ago

It always seems to me that it is the little people who care and try to modify their behaviour around environmental issues, but the big organisations who could do the most don't seem to care.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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2 months ago

Wow I am really getting on my soap box now. I had an Indian takeaway via Just Eat last night. It was a set meal for 1 and consisted of chicken tikka masala, Bombay aloo, rice, poppadoms and toppings and a can of pop. Good value but I was not interested in the poppadoms and considering there was enough food for two, I could have done without them. I also do not drink pop.

Anyway I ate half of this huge meal (will finish for lunch today) and this morning I washed out the three little plastic pots that contained the accompaniments then unwrapped the coke which was in a large knotted carrier bag but then felt something small and squishy in the bag also. A one inch square of wrapped chocolate also tied into a smaller plastic bag!

Obviously I will recycle but so much plastic that was really not needed.

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