Staff at a Boston Tea Party outlet
The independent coffee chain, which operates 21 cafes across the UK, is set to ban disposable cups in all of its outlets.
From 1 June 2018, the Boston Tea Party chain will be banning disposable cups from all of its 21 cafes across the UK.
Customers will instead be expected to either bring their own cups or purchase a new, reusable cup at a discounted rate through a partnership the company has agreed with Ecoffee.
For those that bring in their own cups, the company is offering a 25p discount on each purchase.
In a statement on the company’s website, the company said: “We want to demonstrate to other operators that to make a difference, big change is needed.
“We will make this work and we’ll share details of how we’ve done it with anyone who wants our help to do the same.
“We dream of a future where our children marvel at the fact that pre-2018 we would regularly use a cup once and throw it away.
“The discarded cup could then take centuries to decompose. When you consider it in those terms, it really is senseless.”
The independent chain has also switched to paper straws, removing them from its counters and only giving them out with drinks where they feel people really need them.
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