Italian Serie A football club Cagliari has launched a new initiative to eliminate plastic cups at its home stadium.

The campaign launched on Saturday for the club’s 2-1 defeat against Lazio at the Sardegna Arena, a temporary stadium that was built for the team to play at while its old Stadio Sant’Elia is being renovated.

Cagliari said it uses about 4,000 plastic cups at each home match but for Saturday’s game these were replaced with PLA glasses. The new glasses have the same consistency as plastic but are biodegradable.

Cagliari has also pledged to introduced biodegradable dishes and cutlery in hospitality spaces at the Sardegna Arena as it steps up plans to be more environmentally friendly. The club has already partnered with Ichnusa and Legambiente to launch #ILNOSTROIMPEGNO (‘our commitment’), which seeks to clear the local environment of waste.

To mark its latest campaign, which it claims marks a first for Serie A, the club has released a short video featuring players Nicolò Barella and Leonardo Pavoletti.

The club is currently 12th in Serie A with two matches of the season remaining.

Image: Cagliari Calcio