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. The thermal cover is made of recycled content and the lid is 100% recyclable. Whilst our cups are recyclable in locations across the UK, we are working with our manufacturer to create a cup that can be recycled anywhere in the world. This all adds up to one of the world’s most environmentally friendly paper cups, and the perfect drink to take with you!

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.