FOOD and drink chains are charging up to £15 for reusable cups, a Sun on Sunday investigation found.
Some were yesterday accused of “ripping off” environmentally friendly customers.
Healthy eating outlet Leon charges £15 for a glass mug with a plastic lid. Caffe Nero’s option costs £11. While Pret A Manger offers an eco-cup set for £10.
But you can get a reusable cup for £1 at Starbucks and £2.40 at Greggs.
Marc Gander, of Consumer Action Group, said: “Why would someone spend £10 or £15? It’s a huge rip-off.”
Greenpeace UK’s senior plastic campaigner Louise Edge said: “If coffee shops and restaurants are serious about doing their bit for the environment, they should make reusable cups an affordable choice.”
Starbucks’ reusable cup is the cheapest at just £1[/caption]
For £2.40, Greggs also sell an affordable version of the reusable cup[/caption]
Chains defended the high prices by arguing that they give drinks discounts to reusable cup users.
A spokesman for Leon said its £15 cup was dishwasher friendly. He added: “We did not want to launch a lower-quality product that would wear or warp over time.”
Caffe Nero said it offered double reward stamps every time a customer used a reusable cup. Pret declined to comment.
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