Boston Tea Party will be the first chain in the world to no longer stock traditional plastic coffee cups .
From 1 June, customers will have to bring their own containers for their takeaway, or opt in for the company’s “coffee cup loan” scheme.
The company hopes they can reduce waste as well as raise some money for local charities, by donating the cost of paper cups.
Anita Atkins, the brand manager of the chain, believes that “you don’t have to be just one store to be sustainable or to consider your impact on the planet”.
Seven million disposable cups are used every single day in the UK, with around 2.5 billion thrown away each year.
Less than 1% of these cups end up being recycled, and around half a million end up as litter on the streets of the UK every day.
Boston Tea Party will offer reusable coffee cups at a reduced price, as well as a cup loan scheme.
Costumers will be able to bring back their used branded cups, and have their coffee in a new one.
After each cup sold, BTP will donate 10p to a local charity chosen by the staff at every branch.