Great taste without the waste

We want our coffee to leave a lasting impression on you, not our environment. That's why we do everything we possibly can to use sustainable and recyclable products and equipment.

Our Cups

The secret to a delicious, piping hot cup of take-away coffee is a great cup. And at Costa we make sure ours are eco-friendly too – our paper cups come from card made of sustainable wood pulp from forests in northern Europe, and the lid is 100% recyclable. Whilst our cups are recyclable in a number of locations across the UK, we are working with the wider industry to help ensure our cup can be recycled anywhere in the world.

We are also encouraging customers to get more from their daily cup of coffee, by donating 10p to the charity Keep Britain Tidy every time a customer uses a reusable cup between 21st April 2016 and 21st June 2016 in our stores. By supporting Keep Britain Tidy we are helping cut down on waste and create a better environment in Britain.

Don’t have a reusable cup? Pick one up in store with the profits from the sale of this cup being donated to the Costa Foundation to help the Costa Foundation build schools in coffee growing communities.

Our Machines

We’re always wide-awake and ready to serve you, but our machines don’t need to be! Our smart coffee machines go to sleep when they’re not needed, which helps towards reducing our carbon emissions. We even recycle all our coffee sacks into carpet underlay. In 2012 this was made official when our team was given the first international environmental accreditation for any Coffee Roastery.


Our coffee roastery is one of the greenest in the world with year on year carbon reduction, an amazing 100% renewable energy supply and 0% waste to landfill.

Last year we diverted over seven thousand tonnes of waste and increased our recycling in-store. Many of our stores recycle their organic waste and coffee grounds helping create renewable fuels. Recently we even recycled over three tonnes of unwanted uniforms using our existing delivery lorries to pick up bags of clothes from most of our stores.

Our Grounds for Grounds Project

At Costa we make the most of every one of our coffee beans. That’s why through the Costa Grounds for Grounds project, customers can come into our stores to request our used coffee grounds for free.

These grounds can bring your garden to life either as a natural plant fertiliser or to create a naturally balanced compost pile. We hear they are great for fending off snails and slugs too!

Pop in to store now to request your grounds and watch your garden flourish!

Supporting British Farmers

We know our customers want to support British farmers and trust their quality and welfare standards; thus, all Costa’s poultry, pork and beef products are from British farms. This is clearly labelled on all Costa packaging.

Here at Costa, we only use British milk. Milk is a vital product for Costa and all our UK milk used is British and Farm Assured. Although Costa's milk volumes are less than 0.5% of the UK market, we take our responsibilities towards the dairy industry very seriously and always seek to ensure that a fair price is paid to farmers. We source our milk through an independent processor and we have taken milk from the same group of farmers for almost five years. This means that we are able to speak directly with the farmers as well as the processor and we all benefit from having long term relationships.

As a result of our ongoing discussions with our partners, we have moved to a different way of calculating prices payable to our farmers. Collectively, we have agreed a new payment system, which measures both a basket of market prices and the cost of production per litre. Our partners are very supportive of the move and believe it to be a fair way of working.

Having a sustainable milk supply allows us utmost traceability in the milk we supply to our stores and we are committed to supporting the British dairy industry and safeguarding future British milk supplies.

For more information on our environmental policies please click here