UK retailers see arise in sales of reusable coffee cups

Sales of reusable coffee cups are mountainous in a UK, retailers are reporting, as a supervision hints during a taxation on disposable cups.

Argos, that is partial of a Sainsbury’s Group, pronounced it had sole 537% some-more unstable cups in Dec 2017 than a same month a prior year. Meanwhile, kitchenware sequence Lakeland reported an boost in sales of some-more than 100% month-on-month, homeware association Robert Dyas reported a 50% lift year-on-year.

John Lewis pronounced a week before Christmas was a biggest ever week for sales of transport cups, and Wilko pronounced it sole 78% some-more in Dec than November.

Last week MPs on a environmental review cabinet called for a 25p “latte levy” to be charged on tip of a cost of a prohibited drink, amid flourishing worries about a overuse and rubbish of 2.5bn disposable coffee cups any year. Meanwhile, in a government’s 25-year sourroundings plan expelled on Thursday, a primary minister, Theresa May, announced a call for justification into charges for single-use items.

Disposable cups can't be recycled by normal systems since they are done from card with a firmly connected polyethylene liner, that is formidable to remove. As a result, usually one in 400 cups are recycled – reduction than 0.25%. Half a million coffee cups are dirty any day in a UK, the news said.

“We saw a outrageous expansion in a sales of transport mugs over a Christmas period,” pronounced Dawn Ritchie, kitchen shopping manager during Argos. “This was partly spurred on by a recognition of shows such as Blue Planet II, as good as some of a UK’s biggest coffee bondage gift constrained discounts for business with reusable cups. With a recently due ‘latte levy’, we design this trend to usually grow as recognition of disposable crater rubbish increases.”

However, financial incentives by UK coffee bondage to inspire consumers to use reusable coffee cups have had churned results. In 1998 Starbucks was a initial coffee sequence in a UK to offer users of reusable cups a bonus – 10p – before upping it to 25p in 2008. In 2016 it doubled this to 50p, though take-up remained low. In 2014 it launched a £1 reusable cup, though notwithstanding these efforts usually 1.8% of a business use reusable cups. Earlier this month Pret a Manger doubled a bonus to 50p on all prohibited drinks bought by business with reusable cups, and it is formulation to launch a possess reusable crater after in a year.

Trewin Restorick, arch executive of environmental gift Hubbub, said: “It is unequivocally enlivening to see a boost in sales of reusable cups, that are a many environmentally accessible choice for coffee on a go. We’d also like to see larger accessibility of recycling comforts for existent cups, as a Square Mile plea debate has demonstrated that a open are really peaceful to use these when they have a option.”