Even the Premier League insists its clubs are”dedicated” to reducing single-use plastics at stadiums – but environmental group Friends of the Earth is urging them to do much more.
Together with BASIS (the British Association for Sustainable Sport), the environmental group is calling on clubs to present a returnable cup strategy within their stadiums as part of a comprehensive set of steps.
FOTE estimates that around six million single-use plastic beer cups may have been used in the Premier League last year while successful re-usable cup schemes are working in cricket and rugby venues.
A YouGov survey of UK soccer lovers, commissioned by FOTE and printed in Friday, found that 84% agree Premier League clubs should guarantee removable or returnable cups can be used within their stadiums, while 86% concur stadiums should remove single-use plastics like straws, sachets and cutlery where potential.
Friends of the Earth plastic campaigner Julian Kirby stated:”Soccer clubs across the UK should aim to become winners off the pitch, as well as on it, by giving single-use plastic that the boot.
“Fans want soccer clubs to take action on plastic. We’re encouraged that several clubs have already introduced measures – but we want every Premier and Football League team get everything it can to eliminate unnecessary single-use plasticsheeting.
“This is why we are calling on clubs to adopt Friends of the Earth’s Plastic Pledge – and also commit to numerous steps that major stadiums have already introduced.
“A reusable cup scheme is one of the key measures clubs could take – that step alone could prevent millions of single-use plastic cups being landfilled or incinerated each season. We expect every football club is up for the cup.”
A Premier League spokesperson stated:”The Premier League and also our teams are devoted to increasing awareness . Through our work with Sky Ocean Rescue, we are inspiring fans throughout the planet to take actions and reduce their plastic consumption .
“Our teams are already working hard to execute change both internally, and externally with suppliers and builders. Lots of them are still researching the viability of the very own reusable cup roll-out have participate in the reusable cup trial, or are looking at options to plastic cups and other nontoxic plastics. They are approaching sustainability in ways that are various but are going to decrease single-use plastics.
“They are also working hard in their communities, forcing environmental consciousness through education and social action projects like the Plastic Pollution Challenge, run in partnership with Sky Ocean Rescue this past calendar year, which tasked main school pupils with creating a pledge on the way they would reduce plastic waste within their schools and neighborhood places.”