Pret a Manger: ditch your plastic cutlery!

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The UK Government recently announced a ban on plastic straws, yet millions of plastic forks, knives and spoons are still used every year. We need our high street chains to take a lead - that’s why I’m calling on Pret a Manger to ban plastic cutlery in their stores.

Plastic is a scourge on our environment - it’s being dumped in our oceans, it’s killing our marine life and it’s seeping into our food supply. At least 8m tonnes of plastic is dumped in the ocean every year., and a nationwide cleanup of litter on UK beaches found plastic cutlery to be among the top polluting items along the coast. 

I am a long-term and frequent customer of Pret A Manger, and one of the reasons why is because they are generally great when it comes to ethical practices and sustainability. But when it comes to plastics they can do much better. Their plastic policy is vague and lacks urgency - they say they will phase out some plastics by 2025, and do not mention cutlery.

At other companies, the move away from plastic cutlery is already happening. Coffee chain rival Le Pain Quotidien have already swapped out plastic for biodegradable alternatives. Leon and M&S have pledged to make the change within months. And Starbucks’ reduction of single use plastics will happen by 2020 - a full five years before Pret’s. If Pret don’t act fast they risk losing their reputation as one of the most ethical coffee chains on the high street.

Pret is a huge and highly influential business. In places like London, they have a store on virtually every street corner. And in each shop they have trays overflowing with their sturdy, burgundy plastic cutlery, free for anyone to grab and go. Positioned with utmost convenience; at easy-to-grab level. They are almost encouraging people to use more plastic. 

We are Pret’s loyal customers and we do not want to feel like our custom is helping to pollute the environment. What Pret need to do now is reassure its long term customers like me that it takes plastic waste seriously, by pledging to get rid of plastic cutlery in all their stores by 2020 at the latest. 

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