Plastic beer bottles and shatterproof glasses are being trialled in two Luminar Leisure venues in the UK. Edinburgh's Revolution nightclub and the Life Bar in Taunton - where police have launched a safer glass campaign after a horrifying incident earlier this year - hope to eliminate injuries caused by traditional glass.
A Luminar spokeswoman said: "Venues will be monitored to establish whether there is a reduction of glass-related incidents within each area."
Luminar has indicated that it would consider replacing conventional glasses with plastic ones if the scheme proves successful in the long run.
Lothian and Borders police and the Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA) are backing the move. But SLTA president Alistair Don, added: "For the pub trade, replacing glass with plastic would probably be a last resort. Customers don't like drinking from plastic."
A spokesman for Avon & Somerset police applauded the introduction of safer glass in Taunton. "We are very much behind replacing glass with plastic in pubs, to reduce the incidents of glass being used as a weapon," he said.
A horrifying glass attack on 21-year-old Louise McClintock at the town's Toad at the Warehouse pub in May left the Somerset girl blind in her right eye.
Pressure from Miss McClintock's father John prompted collaboration between Avon & Somerset police, local authorities and licensees, and persuaded Eldridge Pope, owners of the Toad pub, to use shatterproof glasses in all its late-night venues.