Event industry and sustainability stakeholders from around the world have announced the formation of the Global Reusables at Events Hygiene Project (RHP).


The project has been developed to ensure that reusable items such as cups are implemented per best practice hygiene standards for live entertainment, music, festivals and sport events following the increased hygiene concerns due to COVID-19.


The project was born out of the Sustainable Event Alliance’s global hackathon that was held in April where 800 event industry representatives gathered to look at risks and opportunities to #buildbackbetter as we emerge from this global crisis.


The COVID-19 pandemic triggered a global discussion of how to ensure the safety of reusable systems in a public health crisis. Based on the best available science and guidance from public health professionals, reusable systems can be used safely by employing basic hygiene.


The RH Project’s mission is to support the ongoing implementation of reuse by developing a best practice hygiene operating guideline for reusable containers at events and venues based on existing standards and evidence that will drive assurance, transparency and accountability for consumers, industry and government.


These guidelines will be flexible, adaptable and scalable to meet the varying implementation requirements of an event, venue, supplier or governing bodies, with safety and environmental benefit at its core. 


The RH Working Group includes representatives from the Sustainable Event Alliance, Green Events International, A Greener Festival and Oceanic Global as well as reusable cup companies, event delivery experts and other specialists (full list below), and is supported by The Ocean Race.


For more information about the RH Project, please reach out to:

christie@sustainable-event-alliance.org


 

Event industry, health and safety and sustainability stakeholders from around the world have come together to demonstrate that reusable food and beverage serviceware can be used safely in all event settings, with today’s release of the Reusables at Events Hygiene - Global Best Practice Guidelines.


The project was born out of the Sustainable Event Alliance’s global hackathon, held in April 2020, where 800 event industry representatives gathered to look at risks and opportunities to #buildbackbetter as we plan how we might emerge as an industry from this global COVID-19 crisis.


The COVID-19 pandemic triggered a global discussion of how to ensure the safety of reusable systems in a public health crisis. Based on the best available science and guidance from public health professionals, reusable systems can be used safely by employing basic hygiene.


With hygiene concerns around COVID-19 paramount, the guidelines will ensure reusable items such as drinking cups and food serviceware, are implemented to global best-practice hygiene standards.


The RH Working Group included representatives from the Sustainable Event Alliance, Green Events International, A Greener Festival and Oceanic Global as well as reusable cup companies, event delivery experts and other specialists (full list below), and is supported by The Ocean Race and 11th Hour Racing.


For more information about the RH Project, please reach out to: christie@sustainable-event-alliance.org

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The guidelines detail the best practices for implementing ‘reusables’ consistently and safely at events and venues such as live entertainment, music, festivals and sporting events, with safety and environmental benefit at its core.


These guidelines are based on existing standards and evidence around the world and are intended drive assurance, transparency and accountability for consumers, industry and government alike.


The RH Project’s mission was to support the ongoing implementation of reuse at events by developing best-practice hygiene operating guidelines for reusables such as cups and serviceware for live entertainment, music, festival and sports events.

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Event industry and sustainability stakeholders from around the world have announced the formation of the Global Reusables at Events Hygiene Project (RHP).


The project has been developed to ensure that reusable items such as cups are implemented per best practice hygiene standards for live entertainment, music, festivals and sport events following the increased hygiene concerns due to COVID-19.


The project was born out of the Sustainable Event Alliance’s global hackathon that was held in April where 800 event industry representatives gathered to look at risks and opportunities to #buildbackbetter as we emerge from this global crisis.


The COVID-19 pandemic triggered a global discussion of how to ensure the safety of reusable systems in a public health crisis. Based on the best available science and guidance from public health professionals, reusable systems can be used safely by employing basic hygiene.


The RHS Project’s mission is to support the ongoing implementation of reuse by developing a best practice hygiene operating guideline for reusable containers at events and venues based on existing standards and evidence that will drive assurance, transparency and accountability for consumers, industry and government.


These guidelines will be flexible, adaptable and scalable to meet the varying implementation requirements of an event, venue, supplier or governing bodies, with safety and environmental benefit at its core. 


The RH Working Group includes representatives from the Sustainable Event Alliance, Green Events International, A Greener Festival and Oceanic Global as well as reusable cup companies, event delivery experts and other specialists (full list below), and is supported by The Ocean Race.

Releasing this statement on behalf of the RH Project, Christie Kamphuis


As we all know, no lone person can create systemic and transformative change all by themselves or without a good team of people, so the collaborative nature of this cross-industry working group is exciting.  I am confident the outcomes of this project will ensure reusable solutions are consistently and safely implemented and encourage even more events and venues to make the switch to a reuse system model.


We recently released an event industry wide survey, and a key takeaway was that our industry would like more transparency and consistency regarding what the best practice hygiene standards are and information on how to meet those standards with the different reusable system options available to them either onsite or offsite.


Christie Kamphuis

Bettercup

Supporting the project is The Ocean Race, a global sailing race recognised for its sustainability leadership. The last edition of the race in 2017-18, single-use plastic and marine pollution were a major focus.


"We had reusable cup systems at most of their stopovers during the last edition and we are concerned that without a project like this, there could be a temptation to revert to single-use serviceware. We are committed to maximising reusable cups and water refills in our future race villages and want to make sure there is a clear directive on how to manage this in varied event settings."

Meegan Jones

The Ocean Race

Reusables at events

Global survey


A survey of 70 event industry representatives from around the world was undertaken to analyse existing reusable cups and service ware and systems at events, the hygiene standards adhered to, and confidence in these standards. 


The survey revealed that there is an opportunity to increase pre-event confidence that reusable items arrive to the event site from the supplier, readily hygienic. The survey also indicates a requirement for more transparency and communication on what hygiene standards are used or should be used, for consistency, and to increase the overall confidence in reuse particularly while an event is taking place. 


View the results

RH Working Group Members:

Christie Kamphuis - Bettercup and SEA, Australia

Kim Renshaw - Beyond the Bin, New Zealand

Laura Van de Voort - Green Events International, The Netherlands

Claire O’Neill - A Greener Festival, United Kingdom

Hugh Scobie - WOMADelaide, Australia

Liam Prince - The Rubbish Trip, Takeaway Throwaways, NZ

Luuk van Dierman - LCA Centre, The Netherlands

James Roles - Stack Cup, United Kingdom

Jill Savery - 11th Hour Racing, USA

Keiko Nicollini - r.cup, USA (West Coast)

Paula Hopkinson - Green Goblet, United Kingdom

Julie Duffus - International Olympic Committee, International

Julia Spangler - Sustainable Events Consultant, USA (East Coast)

Merrin Pearse - Coordinate4U, Hong Kong

Cassia Patel - Oceanic Global, USA (East Coast)

Emily Ford - Hope Solutions, United Kingdom

Meegan Jones - The Ocean Race, International

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