Alright, I’ll admit it. “Save the world” might be stretching the headline in order to drag your attention to the article, but there are some things that we’re doing to try and help the environment that you can support us with. We may not single handedly clean the oceans or save the polar ice caps, but doing your bit is the bit you can do and all that…
So here it is. The five things we’re doing to do our bit that you can support us with.
We’ll be critically reviewing the extent to which single use plastic is present in our supply chain. We’ll encourage our suppliers to eliminate it where we find it and we’ll take simple steps such as supporting the Final Straw Cornwall which aims to eliminate the use of plastic straws (even the compostable ones which don’t break down if they make their way into the ocean). We’ll be offering paper straws on request to lovers of gin and tonic and tiny tots guzzling apple juice.
What do you need to do? Nothing – we’ve done it for you (easy innit?)
Smug rating: 1 (C’mon all you need to do is not moan about not having a straw!)
When we took over BinTwo four years ago we stopped selling bottled water (even though doing so is quite lucrative) and offered free tap water instead. The whole process of bottling, transporting and selling water in a country with safe, clean water supplies has always sat a little uneasily with me. We’ve now signed up to Refill Cornwall which means we’ll offer to refill people’s water bottle with fresh Cornish tap water. We’ve always done this when asked but now we’re shouting it from the on-line roof-tops! It’s a free service and no purchase is necessary. Through this we hope to reduce the use of single use plastic water bottles. If you turn up with a plastic Evian bottle that you’re re-using then thank you – good job! If you go one stage further and turn up with a “proper” reusable water bottle then you may even get the added warm glow that only comes with a subtle nod of approval from the BinTwo crew.
What do you need to do? Not much really (I didn’t say this was going to be a stretching list of tasks!) Just hang on to your empty bottle and come to us for a refill rather than buying another bottle of mineral water. Simple.
Smug rating: 2 (rising to 3 if purchasing a reusable bottle).
Switching to compostable coffee cups.
In theory our current takeaway cups are recyclable but the lamination that makes them (and all other “regular” cups) waterproof means they can only be recycled in specialist facilities. You’ll have seen the headlines – 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups are used in the UK each year and only a tiny percentage get recycled properly. The remainder go to incinerators or landfill. So we’ll be switching over to Vegware takeaway coffee cups and lids which are made from plants not plastic. The clever thing about Vegware is that it can be recycled with food waste which will eventually produce nutrient rich compost. As an extra Brucie Bonus, the process for producing Vegware coffee cups also uses 72% less carbon than the alternatives. Imagine how much more satisfying your next flat white will be now that you know all this!
What do you need to do? Just pop your used coffee cup and lid in a food waste bin (or your own compost). Maybe enquire with your own local coffee shop if they’ve thought about switching to Vegware (don’t be all aggressive and challenging though – you don’t want to be “that” person).
Smug rating: 1 (rising to 2 if you dispose of properly and 4 if you bring another coffee shop on board).
Even better than the warm glow that comes with using one of our new Vegware cups is the smug sense of being on the cutting edge of environmental awareness AND high fashion that can only come from buying one of our funky new reusable coffee cups! Our BinTwo branded Stojo reusable cups are collapsible and fold down to a sort of hockey puck sized package that fits handily into a coat pocket or bag. They have a secure lid which, in my own field trials, means that those last few drops of coffee won’t leak into your pocket or bag once you’ve finished your drink.
We’ve opted for these over the more commonly seen KeepCups as I’ve always found that I never have mine with me when I need it due to them being a bit bulky. I’m gambling that some of you might be in the same position – particularly when you’re off to the the beach on foot once you’ve picked up your flat white from us.
To sweeten the deal when you buy one of our cups we’ll throw in a coffee for free if you have it there and then. Thereafter when you buy a takeaway coffee from us using our (or any other) reusable coffee cup, we’ll deduct 15p to reflect the saving made through not having to use a Vegware cup. We also guarantee not to roll our eyes when you ask us to rinse your reusable cup before filling it!
What do you need to do? Buy one of our reusable cups of course! But if the collapsible thing doesn’t work for you then do consider buying another brand – it’ll pay for itself in no time.
Smug rating: 5 when using a BinTwo cup (falling to 4 if using someone else’s because… well just because).
Upping the ante on our recycling.
We’re already pretty tight on this with recycling our bottles and cardboard (in vast quantities!) But we’ll be trying even harder to make sure that things than can be recycled don’t end up in general waste during the heat of service in the busy season. Call it working on the final 10% if you will. We’ll also develop a way of offering up our used coffee grinds to customers to use in their compost or as a slug repellant. I admit that this may be of limited interest to holiday makers (although you’re welcome to take some home with you) but hopefully we may be able to do our bit to keep the slugs at bay from the allotments of Padstow!
What do you need to do? Come and grab some coffee grinds… please!
Smug rating: 0 (but you’ll at least see off some slimy invertebrates so have a Slug rating of 5!)