BARS across Bradford city centre are toasting a new scheme designed to help them become more eco-friendly.
Thousands of polycarbonate glasses are being supplied free by Bradford Business Improvement District (BID), Bradford at Night and greener high streets organisation Green Street, who have teamed up to give the sector a boost.
BID manager Jonny Noble said: “Polycarbonate glasses have a big advantage over traditional glasses because they are virtually unbreakable, which means they can be dropped over and again without shattering or chipping.
“That gives them a longer product life than glass which will help bars to save money – a helpful bonus in this challenging climate which has seen pubs and bars across the UK going to the wall.
“They can also be used outdoors on patios or where drinking is allowed in the street with much less risk of an accident.
“And because they can be washed and re-used over and over again it does away with the need for disposal plastic glasses which helps reduce the amount of single-use plastic.”
The polycarbonate glasses are being made available to member businesses of Bradford BID, the limited company funded by more than 600 levy-paying businesses and organisations to help promote and develop the city centre.
Green Street is an organisation that helps to develop greener British high streets and generate greater prosperity in the retail and hospitality sector.
It aims to give businesses the knowledge, tools and skills to help them become more sustainable and communicate the changes to their customers. It also provides research through strategic pilot schemes and shares valuable data, demonstrating the commercial value of developing greener businesses.
Green Street also creates new retail schemes that focus on reuse, repair, urban farming and sustainable practices, bringing innovative new experiences to the high street.
Its founder, Victoria Robertshaw, said the organisation was pleased to be partnering with the BID and Bradford at Night on the scheme.