Single-Use Plastic Waste Reduction Success at OutDoor by ISPO

The European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) was delighted to see the effects of the launch of its Plastic Pledge during the recent 4 day OutDoor by ISPO trade show in Munich and the reduction in single-use plastic waste it led to.

Having launched its Plastic Pledge just 2 months before the start of the show, nearly 60% of EOCA’s members who were exhibiting at the show signed the Pledge to reduce single-use plastic waste at OutDoor by ISPO and beyond.  The Pledge committed exhibitors not to use or provide single-use plastic bottled drinks, take all possible measures to avoid single-use plastic food or drink items and to provide a source of drinking water for visitors and staff to use to refill their own bottles and mugs throughout the 4 days.  Please open the 'Plastic Pledge Report' to the right, under Related Resources for images of all the ways in which the pledge was implemented.

The way companies used the Plastic Pledge and its Bring it. Use it. Repeat! strapline to eliminate single-use plastic on their stands varied greatly.  The show saw the provision of glass water jugs and drinks dispensers and water fountains with a selection of still or sparkling,  room temperature or chilled water with or without added cordial.  There were glass jars and tongs to choose your own sweet treats at the ‘candy bar’, coffee grinders to eliminate the use of coffee pods, artwork printed on cardboard, reusable food containers and cutlery for hire, changing single use plastic bags to custom-made recycled cardboard boxes for shipping sleeping bags and requiring all the other companies on a shared stand space to carry out the actions as well.  One member reported having reduced its overall waste from the stand by 75% as a result.