I work at a large pharma company and have spent the best part of a year trying to get them to stop using plastic cups in coffee machines. The worst thing is is that you can use your own mugs for the coffee machines, and there are plenty of communal mugs, but people are too lazy to use them and some get through 5 plastic cups a day. The business needs to stop making it an option. Every time I’m fobbed off with some corporate spiel about “we can’t implement this just yet, we have to be very careful because it could affect customers”.
It’s total rubbish - what will affect customers is the economy imploding once resources run out and the sea is full of plastic.
The government should regularly inspect large businesses and fine them for any unneccessary plastic usage, such as plastic cups, cutlery, bags, boxes and containers. They need to make using plastic unnattractive and no-plastic the default, rather than plastic being the default and no-plastic being “well done, we’re so progressive!”.