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13 March 2019

New sustainable coffee cups launched

David Jackson and Billy Jarvis - Coffee cups

Sustainability have teamed up with Fontanella and Costa to launch reusable coffee cups that will save staff money and help the environment.

The new cups, which cost £7, feature the Sustainability and Mid Essex Hospitals Charity logos and entitle users to a free coffee and 20p off all future hot drink purchases.

Sustainability’s David Jackson explained why he hopes staff will back the scheme: “You can’t commonly recycle disposable cardboard coffee cups as there’s an inner plastic lining that is melted onto the cardboard, but not many people realise this. There’s a waste and environmental impact.

“We spoke to Costa and Fontanella about solutions to tackle this issue and it’s great they’ve supported our sustainable agenda.

“If a member of staff had a cup of coffee a day, by the end of the year the tower of disposable cups would be 30m high. If you buy one coffee a day in a reusable cup, you’ll save over £40 a year and that includes the cost of the initial purchase.”

Billy Jarvis, site manager for Fontanella and Costa, said: “The cups have been very popular so far. We started the initiative under the previous manager but it had stalled and David chased us up. I was on board with the idea straight away, we got the design together and we rolled it out as soon as we could.

“It’s better for the business as we won’t spend as much on disposables and it reduces our waste. It’s a win-win.”

David Jackson added: “Discussions have progressed with our other hot drinks suppliers, including the Friends of Broomfield who are also in favour of reducing waste and the impact of disposable cups. Small changes can bring big benefits.”