Choose to Reuse

Published 18.8.20

Help get reusables back on the menu! Together with City to Sea, Greenpeace UK Friends of the Earth and more than 12 other NGOs and brands, at We Have the POWER we are calling on businesses across the UK including Pret, McDonalds, Greggs and Caffe Nero to start accepting reusables again. Sign the petition here.

Currently these big brands are still refusing to let customers use reusable cups despite scientists concluding they can be used safely despite Covid-19. These businesses make up a huge share of takeaway sales within the UK and by refusing to let their customers choose to reuse, they are contributing to a mountain of completely avoidable waste.

We’re all living with the new normal during Covid 19 but it was way back in June that more than 100 experts signed an open letter declaring reusables safe! Since then Costa Coffee and Starbucks have reversed their ban, so why can’t the others??

Why is it important?

The global pandemic has seen a huge increase in plastic pollution since lock downs lifted in the form of take-away packaging and beauty spot littering. We must not take our eyes off the prize of reducing single use plastic and reducing plastic pollution.

The pandemic also gives us the opportunity to do things differently and focus on reuse rather than single use.

Every year the UK uses 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups and 7.7 billion plastic water bottles. Only a fraction of coffee cups are recycled because they must be sent to specialist facilities. Recycling rates for bottled water are higher, but around 16 million still end up in landfill each year.

What can you do?

  1. Sign the petition here!
  2. Share this petition with your friends, family and everyone you know!
  3. Carry your reusable bottle, cup and containers and tell the world that reusables are BACK and they are here to stay.
  4. Download the free Refill app to find water Refill Stations near you here!
  5. Celebrate the amazing, planet protecting businesses that ARE accepting reusables by showing them some love on social media and with your wallets. ?

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