One of the problems with takeaway coffee is the environmental impact of disposable coffee cups. We want our cups to be leak proof and not burn our hands, which means a standard recyclable paper cup won't do. Hot beverage cups are usually double walled and have a plastic liner which makes them difficult to recycle.
With this in mind we are now offering the Grumpy Mule Keep Cup, which is a hard wearing reusable cup with lid. It is available in 5 different sizes, although we are only currently selling the 12oz size - let us know if you'd prefer bigger or smaller cups.
The KeepCup retails for £6.95 and we are throwing in a free cup of your favourite organic Grumpy Mule coffee when you purchase. We'll also give you 10% off (plus your loyalty card stamp) when you keep coming back for refills.
Whilst reusable cups are clearly the best option for coffee, we know that most people still want the convenience of a disposable cup, so we are working with our coffee providers to find a solution to the problem of over 3bn coffee cups ending up in landfill every year in the UK.
Our disposable cup supplier
Our cup suppliers are working to find solutions to plant based cup liners and to develop fully compostable double wall and ripple coffee cups (just like we have for our cold juice and smoothie cups). Manufacturers are working on plant based alternatives to the plastic liners and rest assured as soon as they are available to our suppliers we will be stocking them.
Our current coffee cups are made using PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) with all the paper used coming from sustainable forests. These cups can be recycled at a specialist plant in the UK, but this method is not available for recycling in Jersey. However, we do fair slightly better than our UK counterparts with the bulk of our rubbish going into the energy from waste plant where it is incinerated to generate some of our electricity. Not as good as recycling the material at source but far better than many other forms of disposal.
Changing Cup Behaviour
The company behind our Grumpy Mule brand is Bewleys in the UK, who have commissioned some research into our behaviours with cups. They are working with clients to determine what factors influence whether hot drink customers choose to use a take-away cup or not. This is along the lines of the research that has led to most retailers charging their customers for plastic bags. We will report details of the results and any actions we intend to take at Barannes, in due course.
In the meantime keep drinking our coffee and buy our Keep Cup to avoid waste.