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This Bristol café was the first UK coffee-shop chain to totally ban disposable cups

Ellie Walker-Arnott

Committed to your reusable coffee cup (and the 50p off at Pret)? There’s still no denying the mindbogglingly huge number of cups cafés hand out every morning, just for them to be thrown away minutes later.

Killer brunch spot Boston Tea Party, which first opened in Bristol almost 25 years ago, has been swerving single-use plastic for yonks, but last year upped its ethical game by becoming the UK’s first coffee-shop chain to ditch disposable cups.

Pouring coffee into a reusable coffee cup

Instead customers bring their own reusable cups, or they buy or borrow them using BTP’s clever deposit scheme. 

So far the initiative has saved more than 100,000 disposable cups from landfill.

Visiting Bristol, Bath, Exeter or any other Boston Tea Party locations anytime soon? Pop by to chug flat whites and feel zero guilt. You eco earth mother, you.

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