UK supermarket to eliminate all to-go coffee cups from storesPosted on April 23, 2018 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations
By the Fall of 2018, Waitrose will eliminate all single use, disposable coffee cups from its stores. Here’s how they explain what’s going down:
We have committed to removing all takeaway disposable coffee cups from our shops by autumn 2018. As myWaitrose members you will continue to have the option to enjoy a free tea or coffee from your shop’s self-serve machine as a thank you for shopping with us. But in the coming weeks we will be asking you to bring in your own reusable cup, rather than being offered a disposable coffee cup when you go through the checkout.
The cups will initially be removed in nine test branches only, starting this month.
Of course, the ultimate solution to single-use plastics is either to ban them, or tax them so punitively that the cost becomes prohibitive. After all, we’re all paying the cost in terms of environmental degradation, so why not shift that payment to the source of the problem?
But still, institutional moves like this are making a real difference—both in the amount of plastic being consumed, and in the broader cultural debate about what is and isn’t acceptable as a society.
And for that, I think we can thank Waitrose heartily.