Lowdown On The Latte Levy & Why We Can't Recycle Coffee Cups
This week coffee giant Starbucks has announced that they are set to become the UK's first coffee chain to introduce a national 'Latte Levy'.
What Is The Latte Levy?
The 'Latte Levy' which is the name for an additional charge for disposable coffee cups, was suggested by MP's to reduce their usage.
For many the 'Latte Levy' is a welcomed step towards eliminating single use plastic. For others, the 'Latte Levy' has brought concerns that it may reduce demand for takeaway coffee.
What's The Issue With Disposable Coffee Cups?
In 2017 over 2.5 billion plastic takeaway coffee cups were sent to landfill. The issue with traditional single-use coffee cups is that they cannot be recycled. The reason for this is that traditional single-use coffee cups are made from cardboard with a polyethylene liner which is difficult to remove. Another problematic issue with traditional coffee cups is that once the cup is used, it has been contaminated with food.
Whilst refillable plastic and metal cups are excellent at reducing the amount of waste a user generates during the period of time that they use the cup, what raises questions is how the cup will be disposed of when it is no longer functional or no longer required.
Why Compostable Make An Excellent Alternative
Our compostable takeaway coffee cups are made from plants, contain no plastic and can be composted with general food waste after use. This compost is then used to feed soils, further benefiting the environment.
Our eco-friendly compostable coffee cups start at just 4p* per cup and are available in a range of sizes from 4oz Espresso cups right up to 20oz extra large coffee cups.
*Pricing is correct at time of publish and is subject to change.