Let's take a break from all the attacks on plastics and share a nice success story: Pubs and nightclubs around the world are gradually switching from glass bottles and cups to plastic, and the trend is saving a lot of patrons from serious injury. The latest news comes from the Penticton, British Columbia, Western News, which reports today that four bars switched to plastic containers last week, and they were very pleased with the results.
“For us it was great,” said David Prystay, general manager of the Penticton Lakeside Resort and Casino, whose Barking Parrot Bar made the switch over the long weekend. The Element Nite Club, Blue Mule and Nite Moves also agreed to make the change under the suggestion of Penticton RCMP and the B.C. Liquor Board inspector Susan McClean. “Last year there were some issue with bottles,” she said of various fights where beer bottles were used as weapons and another incident where a women cut her foot in the bar after stepping on broken glass.It might seem trivial, but glass containers and pubs can be a deadly combination. In addition to accidental cuts, there's a serious problem called glassing, defined as "an extremely violent attack, involving the use of a glass as an offensive weapon. Glassing attacks are most often carried out at bars or pubs where alcohol is being served, and hence a drinking glass is readily available to be used as an offensive weapon." According to one news report cited by Wikipedia, there are more than 5,000 glassing incidents each year in the United Kingdom alone. Sure, there's something about drinking from a plastic cup that reminds me of being at a college frat party. But I still think this is a good idea. And I hope that taverns that make the switch are recycling all those empty plastic cups and bottles.