Bloomsbury Leisure Group Branded Cups

Case Study 3: Bloomsbury Leisure Group

Case Study 3: Bloomsbury Leisure Group

1. Background Information:

  • Can you tell us a bit about the reason you required cups?
    “We wanted to change to reusable cups for a while. We felt like we were serving great quality beer, in a not good quality product, which affected the drinking experience of the customers. We wanted to find a steadier cup which feels nice to drink out of.” “We also wanted to switch to a more environmentally friendly solution”.
  • How did you first learn about our reusable custom cups?
    “We found out about your cups online and placed a first order in 2022”.

2. Motivation for Switching:

  • Did you go with reusable cups from the start? If no, what motivated you to switch from single-use cups to reusable ones?
    “We switched to reusable cups from single use. The main motivation was environmental. We wanted to reduce the waste created by single use cups whilst also offering our customers a sturdier product.”

3. Previous Usage:

  • How many single-use cups were you approximately using on average before making the switch?
    5000 a week.
  • Can you describe the circumstances or locations where you most frequently used disposable cups?
    “We do club nights, gigs and ‘Llandoger Throw’ after 7pm.”

4. Experience with Reusable Cups:

  • How has your experience been using our reusable custom cups?
    “Overall, it’s been great.”
  • Have you encountered any challenges in incorporating reusable cups into your routine, and how did you overcome them?
    “Only thing we do have is that they look better so they become souvenirs and people take them home. This means its best to have a system in place, so we aren’t just losing cups”.

5. Cost and Savings:

  • Have you noticed any cost savings since switching to reusable cups?
    “We have placed multiple orders for different events and sites. We found cost savings in 2 of them. In one of them not. The first order when switching felt like a higher cost initially, whilst any orders we now place to top up don’t feel that way”.

6. Environmental Impact:

  • Have you observed changes in waste reduction or disposal practices since making the switch?
    “We have noticed a massive waste reduction.”

7. Convenience and Practicality:

  • How convenient have you found using reusable cups in your event?
    “We find reusable cups more convenient in the amount of waste and litter and the cleaning”.
  • However, the only thing we find with single use possibly being more convenient when it comes to storage of the cups, as disposables you buy and bin after using, so you only need to buy what you require for each event, instead of allocating a bit of storage for cups that are reusable.”

8. Feedback from Others:

  • Have you received any feedback or reactions from event attendees, staff, friends, or colleagues regarding your use of reusable cups?
    “The main thing is that people like that it’s a more ecofriendly option, it makes them and us feel good that we are encouraging a more positive impact to the environment.”

9. Product Durability and Design:

  • How satisfied are you with the durability and design of our reusable cups?
    “We are very satisfied with the durability of the design on the cups and the overall quality of the cups”.

10. Future Intentions:

  • Do you plan to continue using reusable cups in the future?
    “Yes, no looking back!”
  • Would you recommend our reusable cups to others, and if so, why?
    “Yes, we would recommend. It is a great product and Branded Cups Ltd team offer a great service.”
1 Colour Bloomsbury Cup
Printed Bloomsberty Cup Back
Ox Close Farm Printed Event Cup

Case Study 2: Ox Close Farm Milk Printed Cups

 

Case Study 2: Ox Close Farm Milk

1. Background Information:

  • Can you tell us a bit about the reason you required cups?
    “We run a milk vending machines business selling milk & milkshakes through a vending machine. We have always offered 500ml & 1L glass bottles but have been asked on several occasions for straws and/or non-glass, so the cups are a great option for us.”
  • How did you first learn about our reusable custom cups?
    “We found out about the Cups through a fellow vendor who had some on sale and we realised they were just what we have been looking for”.

2. Motivation for Switching:

“In our case, we had never used disposable cups or bottles within our business, so going reusable was an easy implementation.”

3. Experience with Reusable Cups:

  • How has your experience been using our reusable custom cups?
    “We found that the cups are ideal for customers to use ‘on the go’.”

4. Feedback from Others:

  • Have you received any feedback or reactions from event attendees, customers, staff, friends, or colleagues regarding your use of reusable cups?
    “We have had a great deal of positive feedback from staff & customers. They love them! They think they’re great as a glass alternative for kids or adults with additional needs & perfect for in the go. Bring dishwasher safe is a plus & personally we love that they are UK made & BPA free also. Great addition to our bottles.”

5. Product Durability and Design:

  • How satisfied are you with the durability and design of our reusable cups?
    “We’re very happy with the cups. Both durability & design are perfect. The only slight concern is the durability of the straw, mainly due to children chewing them as they are a bit soft.”
  • Have you encountered any issues with maintenance or cleaning?
    “The cups are easily cleaned & being Al dishwasher safe customers have commented how easy they are to look after.”

6. Future Intentions:

  • Do you plan to continue using reusable cups in the future?
    “Yes, we have placed more than one order, and plan on doing so if we need to top up.”
  • Would you recommend our reusable cups to others, and if so, why?
    “I have recommended your cups to other milk vendors who have contacted me following the launch of our cups. The pint cup is an ideal size for our vending machines for the sale of the cup itself & the filling of the. Up in our milk vending machine.”
  • Additional comments:
    “The whole order process was quick & easy – from my first question, to design, ordering & delivery. It has been a pleasure dealing with custom cups!”

 

Ox Close Farm Printed Event Cup
Cups with Straws Printed
Re-useable Cups Please Re-use Me

Bars4Events Custom Re-usable Cups

Case Study 1: Bars4Events

Case Study 1: Bars4Events

1. Background Information:

  • Can you tell us a bit about the reason you required cups? (Event, Festival, etc)
    “We run our own Bar company called Bars4Events, we use our cups in multiple Events.”
  • How did you first learn about our reusable custom cups?
    “Bars4Events found us online the first time.”

2. Motivation for Switching:

  • Did you go with reusable cups from the start?
    “We used single use first, made the switch to reusable for the first time at the end of 2019 and haven’t looked back since”.
  • If no, what motivated you to switch from single-use cups to reusable ones?
    “We wanted to reduce the amount of plastic waste that will end up in landfill from us. As a lot of stadiums and festivals were starting to go down those routes, we decided we wanted to do the same thing. They tried reusable cups for the first time in 2019 and haven’t looked back since.”
  • Were there specific environmental concerns or personal reasons that influenced your decision?
    “It was an environmental concern that influenced the decision mainly. However, we also felt like single use cups weren’t the best to drink out of either, which was also another motivation to switch to a more steady, reusable cup and improve the drinking experience of our customers”.

3. Previous Usage:

  • How many single-use cups were you approximately using on average before making the switch?
    “I never counted!”. “We don’t have the exact data on the quantity of single use cups”. “However, we had our first event using reusable cups in 2019, and the organiser of that event said to us that the cup idea was brilliant. He said that before switching to reusable, 8 people would go around the site at the end of each event day with 4 bin sacks and would each fill them with rubbish. After switching to reusable cups, they each went around and filled 1 sack per person instead of 4 per person.
  • Can you describe the circumstances or locations where you most frequently used disposable cups?
    “Event sites and public events around the country. Small festivals…”

4. Experience with Reusable Cups:

  • How has your experience been using our reusable custom cups?
    “Positive experience overall.”
  • Have you encountered any challenges in incorporating reusable cups into your routine, and how did you overcome them?
    “At the start, we were charging a non-returnable fee for the cups. And then we switched to a deposit system. We charge £1 deposit cups. The customer can then return the cup and get the £1 back or take the cup home as a souvenir.” “We found a bit of a challenge at the start implementing these systems. They are more expensive than the disposable ones, so we don’t want people throwing them in the bin, so we had to charge something. We now charge £1 per cup; they can choose to keep them or return the cup and get the £1 back.”

5. Cost and Savings:

  • Have you noticed any cost savings since switching to reusable cups?
    “We would say that the cost of the cups is about the same as the single use. This is adding everything together, the time it takes to make the design, placing the order, the cleaning, etc. I have done a vast calculation, and it comes to about the same.” “It costs around 5-10p per disposable cup, but they always end up in the bin. We make at least 20p per cup if they don’t return it. We have found that in our events, 30%-40% of the cups get returned. The other 60%-70% covers the cost of the design, the cup order, and the washing. On some events, people now bring their own cup.”

6. Environmental Impact:

  • In your opinion, how has the switch to reusable cups impacted the environment?
    “In our Bar business, by switching to reusable, we have reduced the plastic wastage that was going to landfill b 90-95%”
  • Have you observed changes in waste reduction or disposal practices since making the switch?
    “We used to fill 3 skips; we now use 1 skip at the end of the event. This means we have reduced our waste by 66%.”

7. Convenience and Practicality:

  • How convenient have you found using reusable cups in your event?
    “From my point of view, the disposables are easier in the sense that you can leave the event with less boxes than when you go in to set up. Disposables come boxed in 1000’s whilst reusables only around 270-300 per box.” “However, the environmental perspective is undeniable. Cleaning of the site at the end of each event and seeing the amount of waste that single use cups generate is outrageous. It’s worth it and makes us feel good knowing we are not throwing all that ‘stuff’ away.”

8. Feedback from Others:

  • Have you received any feedback or reactions from event attendees, staff, friends, or colleagues regarding your use of reusable
One Colour Custom Printed Design
Re-useable Cups Please Re-use Me
Custom Printed Re-useable Cups

Belgrave Music Hall Leeds Custom Printed Cups

Case Study 4: Belgrave Music Hall Leeds 

1. Background Information:

  • Can you tell us a bit about the reason you required cups?
    “Our license restricts any glass on our Roof Terrace, which for a while was the only real Roof Terrace in Leeds so was a major USP for us, hence being so busy. We also do not permit glass in our Music Hall, and as a 400-capacity space we need to serve a large quantity of drinks at a fast pace”.
  • How did you first learn about our reusable custom cups?
    “A mixture of Google and talking with Festival Bars groups that we know”.

2. Motivation for Switching:

  • Did you go with reusable cups from the start? If no, what motivated you to switch from single-use cups to reusable ones?
    “We made the switch in 2019, after 5 years of single use. Environmental concerns motivated us to make the switch (explained below)”.
  • Were there specific environmental concerns or personal reasons that influenced your decision?
    “As it became more prominent in the news about the environmental impact of single-use waste, we were driven to make a change.”

3. Previous Usage:

  • How many single-use cups were you approximately using on average before making the switch?
    “We were using 10,000 single-use plastic cups per week. We also could use up to 4,000 per week in our Music Hall depending on events.”
  • Can you describe the circumstances or locations where you most frequently used disposable cups?
    “On our Roof Terrace (outdoor space) and in our Music Hall (events)”.

4. Experience with Reusable Cups:

  • How has your experience been using our reusable custom cups?
    “Fantastic. Always quick delivery and great product. Only once we had an issue where delivery was sent to billing address”.
  • Have you encountered any challenges in incorporating reusable cups into your routine, and how did you overcome them?
    “Due to the higher cost than single use, we initially operated a £1 deposit scheme, in which £1 was refunded when the cup was returned. However, after the COVID lockdowns we never re-introduced this policy. Instead, we’ve been tolerant when people take them home, and it’s a known fact that “every student house in Leeds has a Belgrave branded cup”.

5. Cost and Savings:

  • Have you noticed any cost savings since switching to reusable cups?
    “Not necessarily. Due to them being taken home often, we need to buy the regularly”.
  • How do the initial costs of purchasing reusable cups compare to the ongoing costs of single-use cups?
    “We no longer charge a deposit system, so we don’t necessarily see savings in the initial vs. on-going costs.”.

6. Environmental Impact:

  • In your opinion, how has the switch to reusable cups impacted the environment?
    “We generate less waste. So, with ourselves putting less in landfill (along with other venues who’ve followed suit), we’re making a less negative impact on the environment”.
  • Have you observed changes in waste reduction or disposal practices since making the switch?
    “We’re putting less in our general waste bin, that’s for definite!”

7. Convenience and Practicality:

  • How convenient have you found using reusable cups in your event?
    “They’re not as easy to store in large quantities as the single-use, and because they need washing that can affect the effort to replenish stocks.”
  • Were there any situations where you found reusable cups to be more or less practical than disposable ones?
    “More practical – Our products are coming in a better vessel with our branding on.
    Less practical – takes up more space on the bar”.

8. Feedback from Others:

  • Have you received any feedback or reactions from event attendees, staff, friends, or colleagues regarding your use of reusable cups?
    “Yes – everyone loves the designs, and they get taken home often”.

9. Product Durability and Design:

  • How satisfied are you with the durability and design of our reusable cups?
    “Very satisfied.”
  • Have you encountered any issues with maintenance or cleaning?
    “No.”

10. Future Intentions:

  • Do you plan to continue using reusable cups in the future?
    “Yes.”
  • Would you recommend our reusable cups to others, and if so, why?
    “Yes, and we have rolled them out at our other sites after the success at Belgrave”
Custom Printed Re-useable Cups Belgrave Music Hall Leeds on bar
Custom Printed Re-useable Cups
UKCA Logo for Pints

What replaced CE Marking on Cups in UK?

What replaced the CE marking on drinking glasses since Brexit?

UKCA is the replacement legislative marking required for the serving of alcohol in the UK, replacing the CE mark. The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking covers England, Wales and Scotland and covers most goods, not just drinking cups and glasses which previously required the CE marking.

 

Cups now printed in the UK that are for the serving of alcoholic drinks now need to be printed, and tested against the UKCA standard. This includes Pints and Half Pints.  In Northern Ireland the equivalent standard is the UKNI marking. The UKNI marking is a new conformity marking for products placed on the market in Northern Ireland which have undergone mandatory third-party conformity assessment by a body based in the UK

 

So, if you are ordering Pint Cups or Half Pint cups and intending to serve alcohol in your cups make sure they are marked with the correct standard and let the team know when ordering UKCA, UKNI or CE markings.

UKCA Logo for Pints

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