31. July 2018 - 10:00 till 13:00
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Boston Tea Party - No Excuse For Single Use Workshop | Boston Tea Party Park Street | Tuesday, 31. July 2018

On 1st June we became the first cafe chain to remove single-use coffee cups. 
We joined the global war on plastic some time ago. We stopped using plastic straws and plastic bottles, and have always done what we can to reduce, reuse and recycle. However, the elephant in the room was still the vast amount of single-use coffee cups which left our cafes, only to be tossed into a bin, or worse, on the ground.The figures are astonishing.
Only 1 in 400 (0.25%) of the estimated 2.5 billion plastic coated coffee cups used in the UK each year are recycled. 4%, approximately 500,000, are littered every day. The rest (95.75%) go into landfill. Many compostable alternatives also end up in landfill as there aren’t enough accessible facilities in the UK to compost them.
We looked at the reality of the issue with single-use in the industry and realised there was only one way forward that would really make a difference. This led to us taking the decision to stop issuing single-use cups. Now, we now ask our customers to bring their own or they can buy or loan a reusable one from us.
We're a month in and things are going well, and we'd love to share what we have done and how we have done it. Part of what we want to achieve from this is to stimulate change, and we'd love other cafes to join us on this journey.
We'll be hosting a workshop for other cafes, event spaces and operators, that will share all that we have done - it'll be a very honest and open chat and we hope that we can show that the change can be made by others too.