No excuse for single use! Manchester is working to remove the use of single-use coffee cups from the city, with independent coffee shops set to refuse single use cups on Friday May 24th.

With the support of I Love MCR®, coffee shops across the city will refuse the sale of coffee in single-use cups for one day only, to drive awareness of the plastic problem and pioneer change.

While most take away hot drinks cups are now made of cardboard, they usually have a lining on the inside made from plastic so that they don’t absorb the liquid from hot drinks, making them difficult to recycle.

The coffee shops are asking coffee fans to bring in their reusable cups for their daily brew as part of Plastic Free Friday, or give customers the option to purchase one of 500 reusable coffee cups in exchange for a £2.50 donation to We Love MCR Charity.

Those taking part in the campaign on 24 May are Fress, Pot Kettle Black, Nibble NQ, Beastro, Michael’s Coffee House and Ancoats Coffee Co.

The I Love MCR® team has given the independent coffee shops across the city centre 100% recyclable coffee cups which will be sold for just £2.50 each on top of the sale of each coffee. The money raised from the sale of the reusable cups on the day will all go to the We Love MCR Charity, whose main aim is to improve the lives and life chances of the people of Greater Manchester..

In the UK over 7 million disposable coffee cups are used every day, and it is likely that Manchester alone uses over 350,000 of these every day! Coffee cups are difficult to recycle, and the vast majority end up in landfill or incineration. By using a reusable coffee cup for a daily java, Manc’s are being urged to make the city just a little bit greener.

Only 1% of the 2.5 billion coffee cups thrown away are actually recycled each year, and 46,000 pieces of plastic can be found in every square mile of ocean. Production of plastic is due to double over the next 5 years unless a change in usage occurs. I Love MCR® want to spur on this change in the city of Manchester, a city known for being at the forefront of innovation and change.

Corin Bell, lead at Plastic Free Greater Manchester said, “We’re thrilled to be working with I Love MCR® to bring more reusable cups into our city. Going reusable is by far the most sustainable move for take-away hot drinks, and I Love MCR®’s kind contribution of 500 reusable cups for people to purchase, will help towards making a significant difference in Manchester’s single-use plastic. I look forward to seeing them around the city.”

Chris Greenhalgh of I Love MCR® added “Scientists predict that by 2050 there will be more metric tons of plastic in our oceans than fish. We need to make a change now. We want to drive awareness across our city for this campaign and help to drive this change, away from single use plastic. Manchester has always been at the forefront of change and innovation and this is another way we can help drive much needed awareness across the world by working together across Manchester.”

The cups the coffee shops will be using on the day are 100% recyclable coffee cups made by local Stockport based Harfield Tableware, featuring the iconic I Love MCR® logo. The cups will also be available to buy online from

I Love MCR® is the city brand and trusted symbol of civic pride adopted by Manchester, championing community, culture, diversity and unity. Launched in reaction to the riots in 2011, I Love MCR® is an antidote to antisocial news and an answer to the local economy.

I Love MCR®’s partner beneficiary charity is the We Love MCR Charity, their main aim is to improve the lives and life chances of the people of Manchester. Formerly known as the Lord Mayor of Manchester’s Charity Appeal Trust, it adopted the look and feel of the I Love MCR® campaign because of its association with positive action taken by residents and businesses.

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