Salisbury's Boston Tea Party champions reusable coffee cups

Salisbury's Boston Tea Party champions reusable coffee cups

Published at 5:48am 1st May 2019.

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The chain's lost £250,000 in sales since their ban on disposable cups started almost a year ago.

BTP, which has a branch on Salisbury's High Street, stopped the use of single use cups in all of its cafes on June 1st 2018.

Customers now have to either bring in their own cup, buy one in store, or rent one from Boston Tea Party using their deposit scheme.

They've now revealed that since that ban was brought in, they've lost 25% of their £1 million takeaway coffee sales across the company.

Boston Tea Party Reusable Cup High Street Salisbury
BTP's reusable coffee cups

CEO and co-owner Sam Roberts says:

"We felt that this was a financial risk we had to take to do the right thing for our planet. We understood that not everyone would be motivated by the ban, so we modelled the loss into our costs. As a business we have a responsibility to consider our impact on the world and ensure we have a sustainable future.

"I have been asked about the impact on the business a lot. We are absolutely happy with our decision. We remain 100% committed and there is no going back. There is no planet B."

Since the ban was brought in, BTP says they've stopped 125,000 cups going to landfill.

40,000 reusable coffee cups have been sold by the chain.

There's also been £12,500 raised for charities, by giving away the 10p saving from the cost of each single use cup.


If you want to join the push to reduce the use of single use cups, Spire FM can help.

We've teamed up with some local coffee shops and pubs to give away some resuable coffee cups.

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Spire FM's hugely popular resuable coffee cups are BACK!

Those cups will also entitle you to some discounts and giveaways in Boston Tea Party, as well as The Cross Keys, the Old Ale and Coffee House, the Refectory at Salisbury Cathedral, Role Play World in Wilton and Bird and Carter.

You can enter the draw to win via the Spire FM App.

If you don't have the app already, you can find out how to get it on your device on our website.

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