As the world celebrates World Environment Day on 5 June 2019, we look at the environmental initiatives we’ve introduced in the past year and look towards our future as greener venues.
Saying no to plastic
With over 90% of plastic currently not being recycled, it is more important than ever to reduce the use of single-use plastic. At Capital Theatres we have been introducing measures to reduce the amount of plastic we use at our theatres, some of which include switching to paper straws, creating water refill stations and selling reusable coffee cups.
Do you like to take your drink into the auditorium? We will be ditching single-use plastic cups for a greener alternative, reusable plastic cups. We are introducing a £1 deposit per cup, which will be refunded when the cup is returned to our bars. If cups are not returned, we will then use that £1 for future green initiatives.
Wine with a purpose
We are proud to be using Sea Change wine as our new house wine. Sea Change is a range of ethically sourced, environmentally conscious wines that support ocean conservation through direct partnerships with key ocean and marine focused charities. The packaging of the wine is designed to be environmentally friendly; labels are made from 15% grape waste with the remaining materials sourced from FSC-certified forests, the corks are fully recyclable, and no capsule covers are used. Plus, 25p from every bottle sold is donated to various marine charities. Wine never tasted so good!
Buzzing for the environment
It’s a well-known fact that one-third of the UK’s bee population has disappeared over the past decade and we’re playing a small part in addressing the declining population by working with experienced beekeepers Plan Bee to host a beehive on the Festival Theatre rooftop.
Our roof-top beehive has been doing so well in the last few years that we have added a second hive!
Small things go a long way
At Capital Theatres we are continuously exploring ways in which we can be greener. In recent years we have made small changes to the Festival Theatre to reduce our carbon footprint. For instance, we have installed sensor taps and hand driers in toilets, which is proven to reduce water and paper usage, respectively. Other measurements include using as many local suppliers as possible, from food & drink providers to printing companies.
Towards a greener future
With the upcoming redevelopment of the King’s Theatre, we are working closely with architects Bennetts Associates to ensure the venue is as environmentally friendly as possible. Some of the improvements that will be made to the venue include, but are not limited to, improving insulation, installing LED lightning on all auditorium areas and installing new water-save systems on toilet flushes.
If you have any ideas on ways in which we can continue to improve our venues, we’d love to hear them! You can send them to us in our Contact Us form.