Wave Yokohama is a non-profit organization based in Aoba-Ku, Yokohama. They intend to raise awareness of reusing things with their rental service of reusable cutlery and dishwashing trucks and aim to make social gatherings all over Japan eco-friendly.
They initially organized the Yokohama Halloween festival in Aoba Ward and have became aware of the garbage associated with the event. They then started the tableware rental business in 2008 with the hopes of making all the social gatherings in Yokohama eco-friendly and spreading the wave of reuse nationwide. They offer their services at various events such as local festivals, seminars, BBQs, concerts, and other seasonal events.
Wave Yokohama’s reusable plates and cups are made out of durable, lightweight, and easy-to-handle plastic. They are rentable for 26 yen per plate (*as of December 2021), and does not require washing after use. To prevent equipment loss, they charge a security deposit to assure the plates and cups and returned when used at large events. Through Wave Yokohama’s service, users can reduce waste and CO2 emissions along with the life cycle assessment (LCA) method.