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Our Bring a Bottle campaign has been instrumental in eliminating single use plastic bottles from Shambala. The next step in our mission to become free from all disposables is to to tackle the caffeinated, cardboard elephant in the room: The disposable coffee cup.

Research suggests 5 billion cardboard cups are used once and not recycled in the UK each year, equating to over half a million trees worth of source materials. Your brown, cardboard cup may look all earthy and recyclable, but it reality it isn’t, due to the polymer lining. With an estimated 30,000 cardboard cups used at Shambala alone, it’s time to start our own mini-revolution. This year, if you purchase a hot beverage on site at Shambala, you’ve got three options:

1. Bring your own reusable cup or mug from home – plastic, bamboo or metal (no ceramic or glass for safety reasons please!)

2. Buy a beautiful Shambala Bamboo Ecoffeee cup in advance (or onsite from any cafe serving hot drinks while stocks last).

3. Or grab one from a Food Trader, and use it through the weekend (and forever).

A little more about our Ecoffee Cups

These bad boys, provided by Ecoffee cups, are created with the world’s fastest growing, most sustainable crop –  bamboo fibre (as well as corn starch and strengthening binder*), Our cups are BPA and phthalate free – it feels a bit like thick, yet super-light cardboard; hard to believe it can hold hot liquids! Bamboo fibre is also naturally sterile, lovely to drink from and won’t flavour-taint your drinks. The lid and sleeve are made with matte silicon, and it’s no-drip lid makes it perfect to take with you wherever you go. The whole product is dishwasher safe and should last for years if you treat it nicely!

Let’s move forward toward adventures in waste free utopia…