30% of French ski resorts were awarded this criteria
My resort was awarded this logo if :
The resort will organize an event every winter, the main theme being environmental issues. The organization will aim to reduce all negative impacts on the environment. Environmental associations and speakers will be present to give information about these topics. This event is managed in an eco-friendly way, aiming at a continuous improvement of the impact on the environment (sorting, waste reduction, local products, transport, carbon offsetting, dry toilets, energy consumption, etc.).
Organizing an event, which cups should I choose ?
Each year numerous events take place and they generate a huge environmental impact… Among all the problems related to the organization of events there is one, which is recurring and important to deal with: production and accumulation nof wastes such as cups at the end of an
event is something that strongly affects the environment. That’s why the association Mountain Riders decided to compare the environmental impact of different
cups used in the events. Indeed when the organizer buys its stock for the event, different choices can be made: biodegradable cardboard cups, disposable plastic cups or washable cups… each of these aren’t equally environmental-friendly. How to make the right choice then?
Are biodegradable cups an alternative to disposal ones ? Biodegradable cups are not the solution for two main reasons : the overall impact of biodegradable cups on the environment is more important than the plastic ones. Raw material exploitation to produce biodegradable cups is part of the cause since making a biodegradable cup requires at least 304 times more water than
for disposable ones and 18 times more than for washable ones. Secondly, in France, there
is no composting system at a large enough scale to fit this kind of waste.
Are washable cups preferable to disposal ones ? If the cup is used at least 7 times, washable cups are better than disposal cups. After using it 14 times, used washable cups win over biodegradable cups. Thus, a washable cup environmental impact lessens all along renewed utilizations. Compare to plastics cups, used 14 times, it consumes 2 times less energy and CO2. Moreover even if a washable cup needs 16 times more water than a disposal cup it still has less impact in terms of aquatic toxicity.
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