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PUBLISHED: 10:22 05 June 2019

Jane Parker, co-founder of Parker and Vine in Harpenden, which is banning the use of plastic cups.

Jane Parker, co-founder of Parker and Vine in Harpenden, which is banning the use of plastic cups.

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A Harpenden delicatessen and coffee shop is introducing a ban on single use cups from the beginning of June.

Parker & Vine on Leyton Road will not be serving any hot drinks in plastic cups as an attempt to help the environment.

Conscious of their plastic footprint and the sustainability of their food production Parker & Vine decided to bring in this new policy.

The owners said they have found it hard to find reliable information on which packaging should be used for food and coffee sales and that the so-called compostable/recyclable packaging is neither capable of being composted in a domestic compost or acceptable to the waste companies for recycling.

Instead, it has to be put in the general waste bin which goes into landfill.

The scheme will mean that customers wanting a hot drink will bring in their own reusable coffee cup.

The coffee shop will be running a reusable cup loan scheme for customers who have forgotten or don't have a reusable cup.

Co-founder Jane Parker thinks that customers at Parker & Vine will get on board with the decision.

She said: "We hope that our customers will embrace this change to their coffee buying habit because reducing our reliance on single use plastic is such a big issue right now."

The shop will be running a reusable cup loan scheme for customers who have forgotten or don't have a reusable cup.

Jane added: "I must stress that we are neither experts or eco warriors but it seems to us that the way forward is to reduce the use of single use plastic and to that end, the small step that we can take as a business is to stop using single use coffee cups for sales from June 1.

"This isn't a unique idea and has been pioneered by a small chain of coffee shops based in Bristol (Boston Tea Party) and it is their lead we are following."

The café won St Albans Food and Drink Awards and Herts Life Food Awards in 2017.

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