In April this year the press reported that after three years of trial and research, Glastonbury Festival launched a sustainable, recycled stainless steel pint cup for use on a major scale at this year’s event will only have been missed by those who don’t read newspapers or scan Twitter.
At least one of our readers will have enjoyed a pint from one of those stainless steel pint pots manufactured by APS of Great Hampton Street, Hockley.
APS Metal Pressings Ltd, located at the Birmingham end of Hockley Flyover, has its own in-house fleet of trucks to ensure deliveries of pressed products, stampings and welded assemblies directly to mainland UK based customers, on time, every time. Established in 1970, the company supplies many industries, including the automotive, construction, mining and DIY sectors.
For the Festival, the question of how to reduce the amount of waste – in particular pint beer cups – has always been a challenging one, according to its founder Michael Eavis. The stainless pints are made of food grade 80% recycled British stainless steel. When Festival-goers need a refill, they will be able to exchange their cup for a fresh one. Over 200,000 cups were in circulation in ten major bars across the site, with customers paying a £5 deposit when they bought their first pint.
The Festival’s Green Initiatives and Sustainability Coordinator Lucy Smith said, “For us, it’s part of the reusable revolution. It’s very similar to paying 5p for a carrier bag. We think people will take to it. The pints are made in Birmingham and it was a significant part of the project to have them made with British stainless steel.”
Michael Eavis hopes that the project will encourage other UK businesses to think about how they can support our steel industry during these very challenging times.
He said: “For me, the single most important thing was being able to source British stainless steel for the cups from the place where it was invented – Sheffield, and then to take it on to the home of manufacture – Birmingham. Week after week, there’s a story in the national press about jobs in the UK steel industry being put at risk. There’s seemingly no end to the negative slide of this critical industry, and if the jobs, skills and infrastructure are lost they won’t be replaced.”