Esquires Coffee issues plastic pledge

Esquires Coffee issues plastic pledge

Esquires Coffee has vowed to remove all single use plastic from its business by 2020.

Starting this month, Esquires is introducing ‘sustainable and compostable’ coffee cups into all its 38 UK stores, as well as rolling out compostable takeaway boxes, serviettes and straws. New cold drink takeaway cups will be 100% recyclable.

Aiden Keegan, chief operating officer at Esquires said: “We’re delighted to introduce our brand new compostable coffee cups, as well as our wider range of sustainable packaging.

“We want to make sure our customers know we’re doing all we can to reduce the amount of single-use plastic within our business, so by 2020 we aim to remove all single use plastic from our business.”

In June (CBW, June 13) founder director Doug Williamson said the move to switch to compostable cups would incur a “substantial cost” increase, but this would be absorbed by the business.

Speaking to CBW at the time, Williamson said: “It’s the right thing to do because the only way to offset this major problem is for cafes to take the lead. Real change will only occur when the chains make bold choices and are willing to give some of their profits to address the issue.”


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