Coffee Shops and Sustainability – Coffee Cup Mountains and efforts to reduce them


Those who read the BBC New website may have noticed an article today which talks about the ‘waste mountain of coffee cups’, the next issue to be picked up by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall in his campaign to reduce waste in the UK (following on from his food waste campaign last year).  The programme focusing on this issue, Hugh’s War on Waste: The Battle continues, airs tonight on BBC 1.

As the BBC article points out hundred of thousands of coffee cups are thrown away each day.  A while ago I wrote a short article for an internal newsletter on the issue of coffee cup waste, and some of the efforts that cafes and businesses are making to try and address these issues (and others around sustainability) stemming from some of the research I’ve been doing recently about developments in the café industry.

The coffee shop sector is…

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