COMMUNITY | Staff Reporter, Australia

Chatime to phase out single-use plastic by 2020

The bubble tea chain is already selling reusable cups in all 125 locations.

Chatime is making a push to eliminate single-use plastic from all of its outlets nationwide.

Dubbed the “Project Happy Turtle”, the initiative will see the tea chain trial new products and solutions, recently starting with a paper straw trial in all 125 T-Breweries, adding that customers will “initially” have a choice between the current plastic straw and the new paper alternative.

Chatime’s transition from single-use plastic cups has already started with compostable cups and lids used in their UTS and Murdoch locations, which will be extended as part of a 10-store trial in February 2020. The chain has also started to offer reusable cups for customers.

The straws and cups are produced by compostable packaging company BioPak.

“We anticipate that by leading the way we will increase demand for compost facilities for these types of products and help create a more sustainable community,” Chatime Australia CEO Carlos Antonius said.

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