A lot of people love the free coffee and tea at Waitrose, but it creates a lot of waste. So it's good news that the retailer has announced it will no longer offer takeaway disposable coffee cups at its self-serve machines from this autumn, saving an estimated 52 million cups each year.
"We realise this is a major change, but we believe removing all takeaway disposable cups is the right thing to do for our business and are confident the majority of customers will support the environmental benefits," says Tor Harris, Head of Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing at Waitrose.
"It underlines our commitment to plastic and packaging reduction and our aim is to deliver this as quickly as possible."
This commitment also includes replacing plastic straws in its cafés with FSC-certified home-compostable paper ones from the end of this month, having already pledged to stop stocking plastic versions by this September. Waitrose is also phasing out black plastic food trays, which are difficult to recycle.