Plastic Cup Final

Ok, so I’m not a natural cheerleader for faux continental coffee shops offering dizzyingly priced cuppas with names like Toffee Nut Latte Cream Frappucino, but credit where credit’s due.

On our troubled and challenged planet, anyone who does anything to lessen the climate carnage deserves a mention for showing willing, at least.

181231 GAIL'S K TWNSo this week’s High-Five goes to Gail’s Bakery for switching their disposable cups to fully biodegradable ones.

Of course, the environmentally conscious among us should all be bringing our own reusable drinks container but, by the time we’ve crammed our ready supply of canvas bags, reusable nappies, the water bottle and the packed lunch into our ecological rucksack, our reusable-made-from-recycled-materials-coffee-cup doesn’t always make it.

181231 GAIL'S SUSTAINABLE CUPGail’s Bakery cunningly appreciated this, so to add to their paper straws and disposable cutlery made from potatoes, yes really, they can now offer us a take-away cup that is biodegradable and compostable at room temperature.

Does that mean that you have to drink your coffee pronto, before the cup disintegrates in your hand? They’ll have tested for that.

For the avoidance of doubt, I’ve only set foot in a Gail’s once, to take these pictures, and I am not likely to visit again anytime soon. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate any small step to turn this global temperature tanker around.

The naysayers will no doubt swing in behind with lots of complaints about the untold environmental damage caused by shipping coffee beans across oceans and zooming exotic cake-related ingredients through our skies.

I’m with them all the way, but that’s for another conversation. For now, let’s just be in our cups. Or maybe not.


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