Pret A Manger plans to introduce compostable cutlery to all its UK sites next year after trials involving wooden cutlery failed to impress customers.
In the meantime, the chain is also testing keeping cutlery behind its tills to see if it leads to a reduction in the consumption of single-use plastic items.
Clive Schlee, CEO of Pret A Manger, announced the move on Twitter, saying: “First we trialled wooden cutlery, and you told us it wasn’t up to scratch. The good news is we will introduce compostable cutlery to all our UK shops next year.”
Pret is on a mission to reduce plastic usage and wastage in its stores. The company launched a 50p discount on drinks served in reusable cups and recently launched a branded reusable cup for customers to purchase in shops nationwide.
Since the 50p discount was introduced, Pret has seen a ten-fold increase in reusable cup use.
Over 85,000 drinks are now served in a reusable every week and customers are on track to save four million disposable cups this year.
As part of Pret’s Global Plastic Pledge, which has seen it commit to eliminating all unnecessary single-use plastic, paper straws are rolling out to UK shops, and hot drink stoppers and teaspoons are being removed this summer.
It is also introducing more china cups to shops in a move that has already been extended to 125 sites.