A ‘latte levy’ could change attitudes towards packaging

We can’t wait until 2042 to tackle the world’s plastic pollution crisis. We need to rethink our relationship with single-use packaging immediately to save wildlife and clean up our seas

Mary Creagh

5p plastic bag charge is "proof of the huge environmental success that can come from a levy" – Mary Creagh, chair of Commons Environmental Audit Committee

One in five of us visit a coffee shop every day, and almost half of hot drinks are sold in takeaway cups. Our love of convenient coffee seems sustainable – after all, disposable cups are mostly made of cardboard and so we are in the habit of putting them in a recycling bin. But coffee cups are also lined with plastic which makes them difficult to recycle, leading to more than 2.5 billion disposable cups being landfilled, littered or incinerated every year — a fact the big coffee chains have been keen to hide.

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