Insomnia introduce compostable cups to the daily grind

Published by Aoife Cusack on

June 20th, 2018

Leading Irish coffee chain Insomnia has become the latest coffee chain to ditch traditional single-use coffee cups in favour of compostable cups and recyclable lids.

The chain has announced that it will also replace all of its single-use cutlery and plastic straws with recyclable paper ones.

The project known as Mission Compostable will see the new cups and cutlery introduced in 150 stores and an additional 400 bean to cup units across the country.

The introduction of this sustainability programme will see 15 million takeaway coffee cups and 20 million single-use cutlery items diverted from landfill by 2020, the chain said.

The Insomnia compostable cup can be disposed of in the brown bin at home and the lids in the recycling bin.

Insomnia will also have discounts in place for customers who bring reusable keep cups to the store and give away their coffee grounds for customers to reuse.

The brand follows a number of other coffee chains who have announced their move to compostable cups, including Frank and Honest and Bewley’s coffee.

Insomnia will be the first Irish coffee chain to also introduce segregated compostable bins to their stores and people will also be welcome to dispose of their compostable cups from other coffee chains instore, Insomnia said.


Launching the initiative, Environmentalist Duncan Stewart said that the new policy will have a “direct and positive impact” on the environment.

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan, who also attended the launch, welcomed the move. He said: “The Insomnia launch of Mission Compostable sits perfectly with our Protection of the Natural Environment mandate.”

Last year, Minister for the Environment Denis Naughten confirmed a “latte levy” was being considered, which would see an additional 10-15 cent to the price of coffees served in single use cups.

The proposed levy was dropped on compostable cups, as more and more coffee brands make the move to compostable cups and cutlery.

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Aoife Cusack

Aoife is a final year journalism and Irish student at DCU. She appreciates the environment, the Irish language and a good cup of coffee.