Paddy & Scott's urges us to follow its lead to protect the planet
Here at Paddy & Scott’s we are focused on making sure we do our bit for the planet. You’ll often see our CEO and founder Scott whizzing around Suffolkor London on his Brompton bike – doing his bit to reduce carbon emissions. Likewise, we’ve been championing reusable keep cups and our compostable takeaway cups for many years. It’s an important issue to us.
It takes anywhere from 20 to 1,000 years to break down plastic. That’s a lot of years spent wreaking havoc on the environment, where it not only looks unsightly, but can also harm animals.
Over the past few weeks it’s been refreshing to hear that some of the UK’s largest retailers are finally making progress to reduce single use plastics.
Our friends at the East of England Co-op recently piloted in-store refillable water stations with refillable, hygienic, eco-friendly bottles to provide an alternative to single use water bottles.
Another recent move came from Waitrose which has just launched ‘Waitrose Unpacked’ a concept store in Oxford that sets out to change how we shop. This store is trialling plastic-free shopping, encouraging customers to carry refillable containers for fruit and vegetables, dried goods (such as pasta/cereals), coffee, and wine/beer.
Sainsbury’s recently committed to 1,284 tonnes of plastic this year and most removed 5p plastic bags from their stores. Most supermarket chains subscribe to Plastics Pact and therefore are committed to have 100 per cent of their packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable, 70 pr cent effectively recycled or composted, and 30 per cent recycled content across all plastic packaging by 2025.
Certainly all positive steps to help limit the impact supermarkets have on the planet. However, its been a long time coming!
In our world of coffee, it still startles me that some of our larger high street chains choose not to tackle the issue of plastic takeaway cups head on. Come December each year, I see the Christmas-themed takeaway cups (still made from plastic) and can visualise a huge landfill mountain of them every January. There must be serious money to be made from takeaway plastic cups because apparently its going to take until 2025 for the likes of Pret a Manger to make all of its packaging 100 per cent recyclable, reusable or compostable.
The next time you’re enjoying a beautiful cup of coffee, please consider how much better it tastes drinking from a reusable or compostable cup. We all have a responsibility to stand up and protect the planet for our children and theirs.
For the month of July we’re going to give all customers in our Bury St Edmunds and Hadleigh store a free coffee if you buy one of our reusable keep cups, so please join us in fighting the crusade against single use plastics.
Paddy & Scott’s
Paddy & Scott’s, Abbeygate Street and Abbeycroft Leisure Centre, Bury St Edmunds, 72 High Street, Hadleigh