The days of the dusty saloon are done. The clinking of heavy glass shot glasses has gone the way of the tumbleweed. Plastic shot glasses have come into their own. Once believed to only be suitable for disposable glass, Polycarbonate and Polystyrene shot glasses have had a massive impact on the bar supplies industry as of late.
Previously, Plastic Shot Glasses have been flimsy and easily cracked vessels, too fragile to replace more traditional glassware in pubs, bars and other venues. This is no longer the case with the advent of thicker grade Polycarbonate plastic glassware, which can actually be stronger than their glass counterparts.
There are numerous advantages to Plastic Shot Glasses, one of the most important is the safety benefits of using plastic rather than glass. The most obvious problem with glassware is the tendency to crack, shatter, or chip. The result of this sort of damage can range from a throwing away a broken piece of glass, to being liable for personal injury claims as a result of a breakage. Obviously neither of these is particularly attractive to bar owners, whose responsibility it is to maintain the quality of their bar supplies. This problem has become further compounded with more recent Societal nightlife trends in the United Kingdom where binge drinking is on the increase, often resulting in physical altercations. In this sort of situation the worst item for a customer to be equipped with is glassware, which can be quickly turned into a glass dagger.
In the interest of safety and public liability, bar and club owners have quickly adopted plastic alternatives to many bar supplies, including the humble plastic shot glass. To this end, the improvements in the plastic manufacturing process could not have come at a more conveniant time, giving bar owners a genuinely viable alternative to the glass based item.
As with so many things, money also plays its part in the equation. Both Polycarbonate Shot Glasses and Polystyrene shot glasses are far more cost effective than buying glassware due to the simplified manufacturing processes used to make them. Moulds can be created which allow the manufacturer to produce massive volumes of glasses with a very low fault rate.
Another major benefit plastic shot glasses have offered clients is the innovation in designs and colours. Because of the lower manufacturing costs, manufacturers have been able to make a whole range of stylised glasses, examples being the twisted shot glass, neon shot glass or the twin-chamber shot glass. Of course this has been a huge hit when it comes to specialty themed shots in clubs, the Baileys Irish cream shot for example.
These innovations, safety improvements and cost benefits have led to a massive spike in the uptake of disposable and reusable shot glasses on the UK pub and club scene, a Market totally dominated by glassware only a couple of years ago. Whatever your needs, there is a type of shot glass available to meet your needs. These range from the high quality glasses designed to mimic the glass version, to cheaper disposable plastic shot glasses more suited to high volume use.
For bar owners and bar catering supplies companies, there really is no need to supply the glass made item anymore. The implications of its misuse make its deployment in today's “compensation culture" society an unattractive proposition. All this may mean that the shot glass (glass) may become consigned to the history books.
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