Boston Tea Party welcomed hundreds of people to their Torquay café on Saturday, 29th January and attendees were invited to share a Pledge for the Planet in exchange for a free reusable cup and a coffee.
Over three hundred cups and drinks were given away and 44% of the Pledges for the Planet were to reuse, reduce, and recycle more, with 13% of them pledging to reduce the amount of plastic they used.
A further 5% committed to buying second-hand clothing and other items, 6% to reduce their energy consumption and 5% choosing to only use reusable cups and bottles.
A commitment to more sustainable transport was in 28% of pledges with the vast majority of these, 24%, committing to walk or cycle more, summed up by the pledge ‘Walk more, drive less’.
As Veganuary came to an end, 8% pledged to make dietary changes, with the most popular being to reduce meat, at 5%. Local beaches and green spaces will benefit from the 4% of pledgers who committed to regular beach cleans or litter picks.
The pledgers ranged from toddlers to members of the local community who shared memories of shopping at Williams & Cox Furnishers when they occupied 16 The Strand, where the BTP café is located.
Simon Brand, General Manager of the BTP Torquay café, said “We were delighted that so many people in the local community came down to share their Pledges for the Planet with us.
“Boston Tea Party’s purpose is Making things Better and we wanted to introduce our café by starting a conversation about what we can all do to make things better for the planet. By giving out free reusable cups and coffee, we hope we have made it easier for people to Choose to Reuse.”
Boston Tea Party opens in Torquay on Thursday, 10th February. The café will be open daily from 8am to 5pm and will be serving up a range of ethically sourced food and drink, including its award-winning breakfasts (served all day), lunches and afternoon treats, alongside specialty coffees, loose-leaf teas and homemade smoothies and juices.
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