Eliminating plastic straws
From October 2019 all our T-breweries nationally will trial a super duper new paper alternative. We know some paper straws don’t last the distance of a full drink, but rest assured our lux 4-ply paper straws will get you all the way. We’ve tested enough to know for sure, and we’ve got the caffeine buzz to prove it.
They’re also made with FSC® certified paper from managed plantations. We’re pretty sure you’ll love them as much as we do but initially, at least, customers will have a choice of the old plastic one and the new paper alternative. If the trial goes well, we expect to transition permanently to paper.
Now you can take positive action with every sip!
What is Bioplastic?
Bioplastic looks a lot like plastic. But as the name suggests, it’s made from plants, rather than fossil fuels like oil. We’ve started using Biopak compostable cups and lids in our UTS and Murdoch T-breweries. We’ll then roll them out in a 10-store trial early in 2020. After that we hope to supply them in all our T-breweries across the country. Enjoy our freshly brewed tea on the go with a disposable cup that isn’t made of plastics.
We are sourcing our bioplastic cups from a company call Biopak. The cups are certified under the Australian Government’s National Carbon Offset Standard as being carbon neutral, meaning their production has no net impact on the climate. That’s a great thing.
The cups are compostable, meaning they can breakdown and not contribute to landfill. At the moment the only cups available are only compostable in industrial compost facilities. That’s not perfect but we’re teaming up with a contractor to collect used cups from our T-breweries and send them away to be composted. Unfortunately, only some households have Council compost collection that enable you to compost the cups from your home. But we hope that by leading the way we will increase demand for compost facilities for these types of products and help create a more sustainable community.
Finally, we haven’t forgotten about that little plastic seal (the thin film that ensures your Chatime iced-tea remains hygienic and easy to drink) on our cups. We’re trailing a bioplastic solution. Also carbon neutral and plastic free!
…and plastic bags?
We’ve already massively reduced the amount of single-use plastic bags used in our T-breweries simply by not offering them to customers – well done on that! We know many of you want to buy more than one Chatime for your friends and family so we’ll have 4-cup cardboard holders you can use.