Irri Sarri: boosting the reuse and reduction of single-use coffee cups
Gipuzkoa Turismoa joins Irri Sarri and, together with Hostelería Gipuzkoa, will collaborate to expand this initiative with 3,000 new glasses for more than 100 establishments throughout Gipuzkoa.
The Tourism Department of the Provincial Council has strengthened its commitment to sustainability through a collaboration agreement with the Association of Hostelería Gipuzkoa and the Gipuzkoan company 'Irri Sarri'. For the last year, this initiative has been committed to reducing the use of single-use cups in bars and cafés and now, thanks to the contribution of the institution and Hostelería Gipuzkoa, 3,000 new reusable cups have been produced to reach more establishments throughout Gipuzkoa.
It works on the basis of a deposit service. When ordering a coffee in one of the establishments participating in the system, the customer is offered the option of paying an additional 2 euros for the cup, so that once the drink has been consumed, the container can be returned to any of the establishments offering this service, thus recovering the deposit deposited.
Iker Goiria, Director of Tourism, explained that "we are particularly excited about this initiative, which represents another step forward in the transformation of the image of Gipuzkoa as a territory that is committed to sustainability".
For his part, Kino Martínez, Secretary General of the Hostelería Gipuzkoa, pointed out that as a result of the pandemic and the increase in delivery, "there has been an exponential increase in single-use containers, particularly plastic cups, following the pandemic. Something that is unsustainable to maintain over time given the large amount of waste involved".
Finally, Ander Álvarez, creator of 'Irri Sarri' and promoter of the project, thanked the institution and Hostelería Gipuzkoa for their participation in extending the scope of the initiative. "This is essential for this project to grow and become more and more visible. From the very first moment, the commitment and collaboration have been total", he said. "We hope that with this boost, now in more than 100 establishments in Gipuzkoa, we can get as many others to join in and continue to grow to exceed the more than 13,000 cups that we have prevented from being used in the year that we have been running 'Irri Sarri'", emphasised this entrepreneur from Elgoibar.
The complete list of establishments is available on the website www.irrisarri.eu
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