This is the third year that we’ve been running. I think we’ve got a really friendly atmosphere here We’ve got a lot of real
interest and all aspects of the coffee industry but also the recycling aspects as well and the waste issue and that’s been a real plus for us to be able to address this year. Obviously, we’re very aware of the issue of cups going into general waste. Having the chance to work with Vegware, another Edinburgh company just seemed like the obvious and sensible thing to do to be honest. we are a manufacturer of compostable
materials but we also want to take responsibility for what happens at the end of life so our closed-loop system is actually to try and tackle that issue So now we’re offering businesses the opportunity to compost their food waste and Vegware after use, with us. So Vegware are suppling the products but we’re also collecting them after use from businesses Sustainability is very important in our business. The coffee we buy, the way it’s produced has to be sustainable and we try and bring that through into everything we do in our business creating as little waste as possible Something has to be done with takeaway cups and I think compostable is one of the best solutions out there at the moment, definitely. It’s such a massive issue for the UK and for the planet with 2.5bn cups of coffee every year. For us to take this opportunity to make this event more sustainable and for every person who comes through the door to be encouraged to use compostable cups is a huge value for us that we’re bringing to the community. The majority of our speciality coffee shop want to do the right thing by the planet. They source their coffee from sustainable coffee farms. It’s bringing that sustainability right through to the end and back around again to Close the Loop, that’s a perfect result We actually moved over to Vegware because we got public pressure from customers. It was something we’d been thinking about for a long time but hadn’t quite taking the plunge. We got some peer pressure, which was great. It shouldn’t have taken that but it did and we haven’t looked back. To keep on being able to do what we do and buy the coffee we want to buy, we need to protect the planet. We’re super enthusiastic and driven to try and make that happen.