Takeaway cups now compostable

We use compostable takeaway cups in our cafes

We sell over 10 million hot drinks to our visitors each year. Many of you like to have your drinks in takeaway cups to enjoy them around our places.

So you'll be pleased to hear we now use entirely compostable cups and lids, supplied by Vegware.

Seth Gulliver, our food and beverage development manager explains: 'The income we generate from the sale of hot drinks helps us look after the places in our care. But this would all be in vain if we were causing conservation issues.'

All of the takeaway cups and lids we now use are low carbon, renewable and completely compostable.

Just by switching to eco cups, in 15 months we saved over 3.4 tonnes of carbon – the equivalent of 115 flights from London to Paris. Due to the high percentage of recycled content in Vegware's packaging, we have also saved 15 tonnes of virgin material. 

Seth adds: 'We are determined to challenge industry norms where we think the industry can do better and our success with sourcing a truely compostable cup and lid is just the start of many exciting projects that we'll be rolling out over the next few years.'

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