Our goal is to cut the use of disposable crockery in our eateries in half in the course of 2023. To manage this, we need YOU on our team. We must save the world together and everything we do every day matters 🌳
As an important part of the work for a circular economy, all our eateries are now cutting down on the use of disposable crockery, cups and cutlery.
In practice, this means that the selection of disposable crockery is removed from our canteens, and that you must use reusable crockery - i.e. cups, plates and cutlery that are washable, and not thrown in the bin.
Cardboard and paper are in many ways better than plastic, but they are still resources we obtain from nature, that are not inexhaustible. Cutting down trees to produce products we only use once - is not sustainable.
At SSN, we focus on reducing the burden on the climate and nature, and we are therefore actively working for a transition from a consumption based on use and throwing away - to a circular economy where we take better care of our resources. We commit to this in our strategy.
Less "use and throw away" reduces greenhouse gas emissions, slows down the loss of natural diversity and reduces pollution and littering of the environment.
Transition from "use and throw away" is a necessary part of the transition to a low-emission society and to achieve the UN's sustainability goals.
In a circular economy, we use natural resources and products efficiently and for as long as possible, in a cycle where the least possible resources are lost.
Read more about circular economy on UNCTAD.
Porcelain, ceramics and glass require a lot of energy when they are produced, but the multi-use options can and should have a very long life. If you assume a life cycle with normal use, the reuse options will come out best. However, there are many factors that influence how well, for example:
How many times the multi-use variant is used before it is discarded.
What kind of material it is made of and where it is produced.
Which energy source is used to wash it.
Environmental assessment of beer serving at festivals. 2021. Kari-Anne Lyng/Irmelin de Sadeleer, Norsus (Norwegian Institute for Sustainability Research).
Reusable vs disposable cups revisited. April 2014 - The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. Laura A. Mergula/Bhavik R. Bakshi, The Ohio State University.