Our little mobile bar business has been in hibernation since March. As we start to re-emerge and pick up the pieces of a shattered FNQ party season, amid understandable concern over health and hygiene during this new COVID life, the problem of disposable plastics has taken a back seat.
The straw situation is okay – our hay ones are definitely acceptable, as long as we now use single-use plastic gloves! Cornstarch gloves are on order, but it remains to be seen how durable they will be.
Our lovingly hand washed champagne flutes have been cast aside for single use plastic that fall apart at the stems. We still can use Biopak plant based ‘toss in the garden’ tumblers for spirits, wine and cocktails, however now they too are just single-use. Unfortunately, there is no Biopak version for Champagne flutes that can be purchased in bulk. The volume we need for just a 100 guest wedding is blowing the budget of many couples.
On the rare occasion that we can actually use our glassware, we have had to purchase a commercial glass washer, that unfortunately uses more water per wash than we do with hand washing (and that’s the eco model!). Washing up on site now is an impossibility. Our plan B is to label everyone’s glass (yes, with a plastic removable sticker) but that is quite time-consuming behind a busy bar and we’re still unsure on how we can manage people removing the label off or even their ability to hang onto one glass during a 6-hour function!
At the outset of our sustainability project we committed ourselves to reducing our bar waste to just a single small bag of rubbish per event (reuse of ice bags for rubbish). We were so close to that goal! Now all has to be double-bagged once again and tossed into land fill.
Self-serve water stations are gone too, creating the need for single-use plastic water bottles to be supplied. However on plus side, we can recycle those along with the cans, stubbies and softdrinks bottles for a 10c refund, so all is not lost!