English Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur has signalled its intention to phase out single-use plastics at its new stadium, which is due to open later this year.
From opening day, the stadium will eliminate the use of plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery and all plastic disposable packing these items are accompanied by. The club’s new supplier contracts will also include a requirement to reduce single-use plastics.
Tottenham’s ‘One Hotspur’ membership packs will also include a see-through Bag for Life, which supporters will be encouraged to use on match days. Fans that are not part of the membership scheme will be able to purchase a multi-use, reusable drawstring bag for £1.
No single-use plastics will be used to serve food inside premium areas at the new stadium, which is scheduled to open shortly after the start of the 2018-19 Premier League season.
In addition, Tottenham will phase out the use of standard 5p carrier bags and replace them with biodegradable alternatives, including a see-through option for security purposes. Profits from the sales of these bags will continue to be donated to the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy said: “As a club we have always taken our responsibility to care for our environment seriously. We have demonstrated this with the environmentally sensitive development of our training centre, where we have preserved historic hedgerows and planted for the future and which will see us adding an environmental centre and nature reserve there too. Another first by the club.
“So I am delighted that we shall now be bringing our values to the new stadium to both play our part in the reduction of single-use plastics and raise awareness of the importance of doing so.”
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