Pret A Manger forced to scrap wooden spoons after customers complain

Pret A Manger is forced to scrap its wooden spoons after customers complained they were impractical

  • Sandwich chain had been handing out spoons to cut down on its plastic waste 
  • But customers have complained to Pret that they were too small to eat with 
  • Pret will instead introduce compostable cutlery to all UK shops next year 

They meant well, but sandwich chain Pret has had to ditch its wooden spoons after being ridiculed by customers.

It had been handing out the spoons in its attempts to cut down on the use of plastic but customers complained that they were too small to eat with.

One said: ‘Just had my porridge at Pret. I’m all for saving the planet, but what is it with the spoons. They appear to have just added to the “spork” family with a “spive”.’

They meant well, but sandwich chain Pret has had to ditch its wooden spoons after being ridiculed by customers

Another said: ‘A very admirable move towards wooden spoons from plastic, but your new spoon is too small to eat soup with! Soup spoons please.’

A Twitter user said: ‘How about you take care of bigger problems. You still serve water in plastic and coffee in cups coated in plastic. Or plastic lids. Plastic yogurt bowls. Should I go on?’


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It had been handing out the spoons in its attempts to cut down on the use of plastic but customers complained that they were too small to eat with

A Pret spokesman admitted the wooden cutlery ‘wasn’t up to scratch’ but said some would be kept in shops if customers request them. 

The spokesman added: ‘The good news is we will introduce compostable cutlery to all our UK shops next year.’ 

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