Retailers have welcomed the rollout of 100% compostable and fully biodegradable coffee cups to Irish Spar and Londis stores. 

The initiative, spanning more than 1,040 stores in Ireland, will prevent 19 million coffee cups from going to landfills each year. 

Martin Mulligan, of Mulligan’s Londis in Athlone, told RN the introduction of biodegradable cups was a positive move.

“I use Kenco, as I find it a very good, consistent coffee, but we are still on the regular cups. I welcome anything related to recycling,” he said.

BWG Group’s chief executive, Leo Crawford, added: “We recognise the importance of providing sustainable packaging solutions which meet the preferences of consumers and are good for the environment. We are pleased to be able to source the solutions via Irish packaging companies.”

The disposable cups are supplied by Cork-based Down2Earth Materials, and the companies plan
to introduce another sustainable packaging options in the near future, including compostable food containers, cutlery and drinking straws. 

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