Pret chief executive: “What if we stopped selling plastic water bottles?”

12/10/2017 - 07:00
In a week of firsts for high street chain Pret a Manger (having launched its exclusively vegetarian Pret this week), the coffee shop has now introduced free filtered water stations in its Soho, Shoreditch and Exmouth Market veggie stores.

Hoping to encourage customers to ditch single-use plastic water bottles, Pret now also sells reusable glass bottles in 250ml (£3.99) and 500ml (£4.99), “giving customers the choice to refill a bottle [from its free stations] rather than buying a new plastic one each time.”

Chief executive Clive Schlee said: “Pret has always tried to lead on food waste [and] we are making inroads on the problem of packaging waste by reducing where we can and making more of it recyclable.

“Plastic bottles present a real challenge and there are two schools of thought within Pret. The passionate environmentalists say stop selling them altogether, while the pragmatists say make it as easy as you can for customers to use fewer plastic bottles. We are looking carefully at both options.”

The filtered water stations and reusable bottles will also be trialled in Pret’s Manchester shops from 31 October, to see if they help reduce the purchase of plastic bottles

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