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Sky Ocean Rescue makes waves with plastic-free café
Leading anti-plastic campaigner unveils its latest innovation in ongoing war against single-use plastic
The recently opened and uniquely designed Sky Ocean Rescue Café – which uses no virgin plastic, no vinyl printing and is constructed with 100% marine-recycled plastics – caters to the quarter of a million visits that Sky Central receives each year and brings to life the shocking facts about everyday plastic usage. The café has also swapped out single-use milk bottles for a ‘bag in a box’ concept, a reduction of half a tonne of plastic each year.
The café is the latest move in the European media company’s goal to become a plastic-free business by 2020, which has already seen the brand remove 300 tonnes of single-use plastic from its business since 2017 – an amount equivalent to the weight of 152 London black cabs.
The Ocean Rescue Café includes bespoke features such as:
The Coral Counter
Using 3D printing from 100% recycled plastics from industrial waste and salvaged plastic, the counter shines the spotlight on the fact that coral is home to 25% of marine life and is under serious threat.
Each of the five pillars within the café were designed to spark conversation and demonstrate the devastating effects of the five of the most common single-use plastics: water bottles, coffee cups, plastic bags, lunch items (plastic cutlery/cling film) and plastic straws. Each contributes to the quarter of a tonne of plastic that enters our oceans every second.
3D printed table sleeves from discarded plastic fishing nets from the ocean tell stories of how the café was created and the purpose behind each cleverly designed element.
A part of the café to inspire action – encouraging staff and visitors to make their own personal commitment to reduce single-use plastic.
Fiona Ball, Sky Head of Inspirational Business said: “As Europe’s leading entertainment company, we’re using our voice and potential reach to inspire simple, everyday changes to stop our oceans from drowning in plastic. Since January 2017 over 33 million people have engaged with Sky Ocean Rescue and we want to do more. We are transforming our own business by eliminating all single use plastic from our operations by 2020.”
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