With the summer fast approaching, Lord’s Cricket Ground prepare for the masses by investing in Rapid Retail redemption booths.

As the widely acknowledged ‘home of cricket’, its only right that Lord’s plays host to some of the biggest names over the course of the summer, in several huge fixtures including the ICC Cricket World Cup Final. A flurry of national and international cricket is set to bless the field, and the fans will follow in numbers.

The concept behind the redemption booths is a simple one – returning plastic cups in order to reduce plastic waste. With the impact of plastic waste on our environment being very apparent in the modern day, it’s a welcomed trend to have these stations situated at events, festivals and concerts to remain eco-friendly.

‘Plastic pollution can afflict land, waterways and oceans. It is estimated that 1.1 to 8.8 million metric tons of plastic waste enters the ocean from coastal communities each year. Living organisms, particularly marine animals, can be harmed either by mechanical effects, such as entanglement in plastic objects or problems related to ingestion of plastic waste, or through exposure to chemicals within plastics that interfere with their physiology. Humans are also affected by plastic pollution, such as through disruption of various hormonal mechanisms.’

‘As of 2018, about 380 million tons of plastic is produced worldwide each year. From the 1950s up to 2018, an estimated 6.3 billion tons of plastic has been produced worldwide, of which an estimated 9% has been recycled and another 12% has been incinerated. In the UK alone, more than 5 million tonnes of plastic are consumed each year, of which only an estimated one-quarter is recycled, with the remainder going to landfills. This large amount of plastic waste inevitably enters the environment, with studies suggesting that the bodies of 90% of seabirds contain plastic debris. In some areas there have been significant efforts to reduce the prominence of plastic pollution, through reducing plastic consumption and promoting plastic recycling.’

‘Some researchers suggest that by 2050 there could be more plastic than fish in the oceans by weight.’ – from Wikipedia

These facts and figures really demonstrate why something as simple as returning your plastic cups can have a huge affect on the sustainability of our planet, sea life and wildlife. We at Rapid Retail support sustainability and are delighted to play our part in the reduction of plastic waste in our environment. We hope to see many more events following suit and recruiting Rapid Retail for their redemption booth needs.

For more information about our events and festival solutions, contact us on +44 (0)1386 555044 or email sales@rapidretail.co.uk. We’d be delighted to discuss your requirements.