Tag Archives: coffee cups

New publication: Fostering sustainable behaviour in retail – looking beyond the coffee cup

The environmental issues associated with disposable coffee cups has become the focus of attention for many businesses, government, the media and the public. I have written about the issue on the cafespaces blog a number of times too, but more … Continue reading

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Rise of the reusables: steps towards sustainability in coffee cup use

It is estimated that around 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups are thrown away in the UK, or around 5,000 every minute. In 2017 the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee launched an inquiry to explore the scale of the issue … Continue reading

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Switching cups: Coffee festivals tackling disposable coffee cups

Coffee festivals have become important events in the coffee calendar for both professionals and coffee consumers alike. Growing numbers of visitors to these festivals across the country has inevitably led to large volumes of disposable coffee cups being used in … Continue reading

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The Coffee Shop Industry, Recycling and the Circular Economy

Last week I had a great opportunity to give a guest lecture at Leiden University in the Netherlands to talk about the coffee shop industry, recycling and the circular economy. The lecture focused not only on exploring the implications of … Continue reading

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Tackling the coffee cup mountain: Will a ‘latte’ levy make a difference?

While the rapid growth of the coffee shop industry in the UK has been important for the retail economy it has had significant environmental consequences, most notably the huge amount of disposable coffee cups. It is estimated that 2.5 billion … Continue reading

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New research project – From the Grounds Up: The Coffee Shop Industry and the Circular Economy

There have been a number of posts over the last year on the ‘cafespaces’ blog which have discussed topics related to sustainability and the coffee shop industry. I’m delighted to have received funding from Coventry University to be able to … Continue reading

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Consumers, reusable cups and convenience

At the end of the November Coventry University published a press release which included some of my research based around the issue of disposable coffee cups and plastic waste. The release came out just after the Chancellor Phillip Hammond announced … Continue reading

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More than just four options

Earlier this month an article on BBC News appeared which outlined ‘four solutions to the disposable coffee cup problem’. It re-highlights the scale of the disposable coffee cup problem in the UK – 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups thrown away … Continue reading

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Sustainable coffee cups: HuskeeCup

Readers of this blog will know that I’m interested in how the coffee shop industry is trying to make itself more sustainable. A key issue, particularly in the UK recently, has been about the sustainability of coffee cups, in particular … Continue reading

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Coffee and cafe culture in Portugal: revisited

As I mentioned in the previous post, I’ve recently been to Portugal and had the opportunity to explore a bit more of its coffee culture. In Portugal, unlike the UK, drinks bought in the café tend to stay in the … Continue reading

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