The Reading / Listening - Level 2

The coffee shop chain Starbucks will give customers a discount if they bring their own cups. It wants to cut down on the number of paper cups that are put in the trash. It is part of a two-month trial in cafes in England. Starbucks wants to reduce waste and recycle more. The vice president of Starbucks UK said: "Starbucks is committed to increasing recycling rates and reusable cups are a key part of our overall waste reduction strategy." Bosses will decide later if they will continue the discounts. Customers who bring their own cups will not get a discount on the cafe's cheaper filter coffee.



The issue of disposable paper cups has been in the news a lot. Around seven million cups are thrown away every day. Journalists said that some cafes lie about how many paper cups they recycle. The journalists say the cafes do not recycle as many cups as they say they do. Customers wrongly believe that a coffee shop is environmentally friendly. Fewer than one in 400 paper cups at coffee shop chains are recycled. A coffee drinker said she would bring her own cup. She said: "I am disappointed that cafes recycle so little. I thought they were more responsible."

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Sources
  • http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/starbucks-to-offer-50p-discount-to-customers-with-their-own-cup-a3207521.html
  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/shopping-and-consumer-news/12198714/Starbucks-offers-discount-to-customers-who-bring-their-own-coffee-cup-in-campaign-win.html
  • http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/starbucks-offers-50p-discount-if-you-bring-your-own-cup-a6941026.html


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

The coffee shop

a.

are put in the trash

2.

give customers a discount

b.

chain Starbucks

3.

It wants to cut

c.

and recycle more

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the number of paper cups that

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month trial

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It is part of a two-

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coffee

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reduce waste

f.

reduction strategy

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part of our overall waste

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if they bring their own cups

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the cafe's cheaper filter

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down



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

disposable

a.

400 paper cups

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in the news

b.

thrown away every day

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Around seven million cups are

c.

a lot

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some cafes lie about how many paper cups

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as they say they do

5.

cafes do not recycle as many cups

e.

paper cups

6.

environmentally

f.

responsible

7.

Fewer than one in

g.

they recycle

8.

I thought they were more

h.

friendly

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

The coffee shop chain Starbucks (1) ___________________ a discount if they (2) ___________________ cups. It wants to cut down on the number of paper cups that are put in the trash. It is (3) ___________________-month trial in cafes in England. Starbucks wants to reduce (4) ___________________ more. The vice president of Starbucks UK said: "Starbucks is committed to increasing recycling rates and reusable cups are (5) ___________________ our overall waste reduction strategy." Bosses will decide later if they will continue the discounts. Customers who bring their own cups will not get a discount on the cafe's (6) ___________________.

The issue (7) ___________________ cups has been in the news a lot. Around seven million cups (8) ___________________ every day. Journalists said that some cafes (9) ___________________ many paper cups they recycle. The journalists say the cafes do not recycle as many cups (10) ___________________ do. Customers wrongly believe that a coffee shop is environmentally friendly. Fewer than (11) ___________________ cups at coffee shop chains are recycled. A coffee drinker said she would bring her own cup. She said: "I am disappointed that cafes (12) ___________________. I thought they were more responsible."





PUT A SLASH ( / ) WHERE THE SPACES ARE

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ngtheirowncups.Itwantstocutdownonthenumberofpapercupsthatar
eputinthetrash.Itispartofatwo-monthtrialincafesinEngland.Starbuc
kswantstoreducewasteandrecyclemore.ThevicepresidentofStarbuc
ksUKsaid:"Starbucksiscommittedtoincreasingrecyclingratesandreu
sablecupsareakeypartofouroverallwastereductionstrategy."Bosses
willdecidelateriftheywillcontinuethediscounts.Customerswhobringt
heirowncupswillnotgetadiscountonthecafe'scheaperfiltercoffee.The
issueofdisposablepapercupshasbeeninthenewsalot.Aroundsevenmi
llioncupsarethrownawayeveryday.Journalistssaidthatsomecafeslie
abouthowmanypapercupstheyrecycle.Thejournalistssaythecafesdo
notrecycleasmanycupsastheysaytheydo.Customerswronglybelieve
thatacoffeeshopisenvironmentallyfriendly.Fewerthanonein400pape
rcupsatcoffeeshopchainsarerecycled.Acoffeedrinkersaidshewouldb
ringherowncup.Shesaid:"Iamdisappointedthatcafesrecyclesolittle.I
thoughttheyweremoreresponsible."

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

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WRITING

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