Beat the Latte Levy - Partner Blog from Style Brands

Happy New Year from everyone at Style Brands! We hope you all had a wonderful break and have started 2018 feeling refreshed.

Which leads us nicely to a hot topic at the moment – the coffee cup tax. What are your opinions on the newly proposed “latte levy” when ordering your pick-me-up cup of coffee? From a sustainable perspective it seems almost painfully obvious that we should automatically move to re-useable thermal cups and mugs, but will a tax per coffee bought be enough to sway the public? With 2.5bn disposable cups thrown away in the UK every year should a stricter policy be implemented? Even the ones which claim to be recyclable technically aren’t as they require specialist, non-conventional recycling plants of which there are only two in the UK. With many coffee giants; such as Starbucks and Costa, starting to reward their customers for using their own mugs and tumblers, it won't be long before the rest of the UK and their £9bn coffee habit follows suit.

If you are planning an initiative in your local authority, take advantage of this growing trend to encourage your community to think about their own impact. Both mugs and tumblers are available in a variety of sizes, colours, capacities and with a choice of extra accessories, such as silicone grips, drinking straws and handles. Printing methods have now been so improved due to increasing demand for better quality, that full colour digital printing is readily available on many styles, which can also include full wraparound photo-like replication.

These are great items for:

- bus-to-work scheme

- handing out at train stations

- community events such as art and sports

- giving out to waiting/chilly parents at the school gates or sports matches!

Another incoming trend is the vacuum flask, which can maintain the temperatures of both hot and cold drinks for varying lengths of time, and offers a great branding area and a high end gift feel – definitely a product which will be kept for a long time.

If you have any queries on ideas for an upcoming initiative, or the above products mentioned, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

A link to our various thermal mugs available can be found here:

Style Brands Team
T: 01795 890900



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