Disposable cups are a real problem.
You might believe they’re better for the environment, but the practice of single-use coffee cups still contributes terribly to landfill waste, and methane release and their production takes down some 6.5 million trees a year.
It is estimated that Ireland will use and dispose of around 300 million coffee cups per year by 2025. Yikes.
Down in Inishannon, the folks at Wildflour are taking a proactive approach to play their part and have decided to do away with all throwaway cups coming out of their bakery.
“Disposable cups are soon to be a thing of the past. It’s up to the few outliers to make the first move and take away the option,” said baker Chris on Instagram, outlining the phasing out process.
First, the bakery will provide a cup deposit scheme for €2 where customers will drop back their cups or anywhere else that uses 2gocup and get their money back.
But by January they will no longer be providing disposable cups and in preparation for the transition, they will be selling Stanley stainless steel cups from now until Christmas.
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“We are always trying to be as sustainable as possible and we’re making the risky decision to put a sustainable future before profits,’ he declared.
“We hope that you continue to support our small business and BYOC or rent one,” he added.