We’re sure that many of you may have been wondering when the Cotswold Cup will be made available! When we set up The Cotswold Cup CIC in April 2021 we imagined it would be a relatively simple action to reduce single use disposable cups in our local community. We actually thought raising funds to get the project going might be tough, but your amazing support meant we hit our goal in early July. What we certainly didn’t anticipate was the rollercoaster ride of a procurement process that would be badly impacted by Brexit and Covid. Or that the UK supplier of our reusable cup would go into liquidation! The last few months have flown by, tracking down alternative potential options, digitally criss-crossing the globe to identify a workable and durable option. Ensuring that we embrace a supply chain that satisfies important environmental, social and governance criteria has been neither straightforward nor fast. We have struggled to find a cafe friendly reusable alternative that met our strict sustainable and environmental standards. Long story short, there is now light at the end of the tunnel. We are closing in on a decision and now feel sufficiently confident to give you this update. The delay in bringing this scheme to the Costwold Café culture is obviously massively disappointing and frustrating. But we’re not deterred! So, the positive news is that we are currently looking at rolling out the scheme to pilot cafes in Early Spring of 2022. As these plans become more solid, we will post more regular updates. We thank you for your support and look forward to making a significant impact on the mountain of single-use plastic waste generated in The Cotswolds starting in 2022.