Coffee firm’s initiative moves away from single-use packaging to become more eco-friendly


Lincoln-based Stokes Tea & Coffee is rolling out an initiative which does away with cardboard, single-use plastic packaging and tape.

In the wake of a successful trial with Pennells Garden Centre and the Lincoln Cathedral Refectory, the business is promoting its re-usable bucket scheme across the Lincoln area,  any business sharing Stokes’ commitment to sustainability and recycling invited to join.

The initiative has been introduced to allow customers to order coffee, without the plastic packaging, cardboard box and plastic tape.

Stokes Business Growth Manager Samantha Pover said: “Although the cost to the customer is reduced via this method, it has been introduced to allow our customers to be more conscious of plastic waste and give them the opportunity to reduce their plastic waste and packaging.

“We have also been mindful to ensure that the buckets themselves are recyclable, along with the seal around the bucket which is made from Kraft paper and is solvent free.”

Coffee is being supplied in 2kg buckets (for a minimum order of 6kg – normal box size). Orders over 28kg can be supplied in larger 4kg buckets, and qualify for larger discounts.  A deposit scheme is being put in place to ensure the maintenance of the buckets.

Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Sarah Loftus said:  “One of BIG’s main priorities for the coming months is to do what it can to make the Lincoln cleaner, more welcoming and, of course, more eco-friendly.  Stokes’ scheme certainly fits in with that.”