Across the country, many independent coffee and tea shops have embraced sustainability as part of their intrinsic brand. It’s a way of signaling to buyers, partners, and customers that they’re motivated by more than just the business’ financial bottom line.
Coffee shops hand out an estimated 250 billion paper cups every year, which go straight to landfills. Even the cups that say they’re recyclable on the packaging are misleading, because the infrastructure to recycle them is very expensive and doesn’t exist in many municipalities.
As of April 2020, plastic straws, stirrers, and cotton buds (Q-tips) will officially be banned in the United Kingdom.
In late January, the Berkeley City Council passed a new ordinance that’s become known as one of the most ambitious municipal environmental regulations enacted so far in the country. Learn more about the Disposable-Free Dining Ordinance and how the new law will be rolled out over the coming months.
Helping to eliminate waste with reusable stainless-steel straws
Environmentalists are one step closer to banning plastic straws as California state legislators officially sign a partial straw ban into law.
Backlot Coffee switched from plastic straws to paper and stainless steel straws, and created a slew of new sustainable packaging merchandising opportunities.