Boston Tea Party have saved over 800,000 single use cups from going to landfill

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Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - 23:01

In June 2018 Boston Tea Party banned single use coffee cups from its cafes – the first café chain to do so in the UK. They’ve reached a new milestone and saved over 800,000 cups from landfill. This is a big achievement for Boston Tea Party, but a drop in the ocean when you consider the scale of single use coffee cups in the UK, around 500,000 are littered every day.

This World Refill Day, 16 June, Boston Tea Party are encouraging more people to Choose to Reuse. 

They are giving away a total of 1,200 reusable coffee cups, across their 25 cafes, thanks to the generosity of their partners Ecoffee Cup. 48 free reusable cups are being given away in their café at Queen Street, Exeter. If you are a regular takeaway coffee drinker here’s an incentive to make a small change and join millions of people around the world taking action to prevent plastic pollution.

Boston Tea Party CEO, Sam Roberts, says “Our purpose at BTP is Making Things Better and in 2018 we took a bold decision to protect planet over profit by stopping using single use coffee cups. 4 years on we’re delighted to have saved over 800,000 cups from going to landfill, but the scale of single use cup waste remains huge. We’re giving away 1,200 Ecoffee Cups to encourage more people to join us on this mission”

Boston Tea Party make it easy for people to choose to reuse when they want their caffeine fix. Customers can bring any reusable cup, borrow one from the fully refundable cup loan scheme, or buy an Ecoffee Cup in the café.

  1. The House of Commons. Environmental Audit Committee. (2018). Disposable Packaging: Coffee Cups. Second Report of Session 2017–19, Report, Together with Formal Minutes Relating to the Report
  2. Free 12oz Ecoffee cups valid on takeaway orders only with purchase of a hot drink on 16th June 2022. 48 cups available per cafe. One per customer. Selected colours only, subject to availability.

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