Fighting the war on waste & winning!

Thanks to over 4,900 participating cafes connecting to conscious consumers who choose to reuse.

Adapting to Covid-19

Tips to help you change your cafe operations, staying safe and open for business

Responsible Resources

Arming our troup of Cafes & Keen Beans with the knowledge to change the tide on single use plastic.

Buy Them A Coffee

Buy one for you… and one for our frontliners and Aussies doing it tough

 

NO EXCUSE FOR 

SINGLE USE 

RESPONSIBLE CAFES MISSION IS TO REDUCE SINGLE USE PLASTIC WITHIN THE CAFE AND CATERING INDUSTRY AND STOP PLASTIC ENDING UP IN LANDFILL, LITTERING OUR OCEANS AND NEIGHBOURHOODS. 

 

 

 

THE CHALLENGE

Australians love their coffee. So much so that it is estimated as many as 1 BILLION TAKEAWAY CUPS & LIDS are used, landfilled and/or littered every year. Due to a hidden, nasty plastic lining in single use takeaway cups, most are never recycled. as featured on the ABC’s War on Waste, Responsible Cafes connects thoughtful cafes with conscious consumers through one simple idea…

AFFECT BEHAVIOUR CHANGE BY GIVING CUSTOMERS A DISCOUNT FOR USING THIER OWN REUSABLE CUP AND CREATe WASTE EDUCATION TOOLS that guides CAFES to REDUCE WASTE AND MAKE SUSTAINABLE DECISIONS. 

HOW IT WORKS FOR CAFES

Step one: Sign up for FREE and you will instantly receive a and a link to other educational tools

Step two: Put up your poster and shout it from the rooftops! If you want a printed starter pack sent to you you can purchase one here.

Step three: Post a photo to your social media  (with the poster and/or reusable cup in action in the cafe – or something more creative!) with the hashtag #ResponsibleCafes to be included on the social stream of our website.

Step four: Your cafe will be shown on our digital map ready for customers to search

Throughout the year we will be in touch with helpful new resources, useful discount deals from partners and metrics on the benefits of the program so sign up for our newsletter!

 

 

 

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4965

Number of cafes registered

35.2

Average number of cups saved/day

58m

number of cups saved/year from landfill

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We work with councils and organisations to assist with waste education and behaviour change program. Get in touch to see how you can benefit from being aligned with our community.  

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Sustainable takeaway and delivery packaging

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Let’s talk BYO mugs...⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Did you know there are actually no government-imposed bans on reusables at this time? In fact, no benefits have been found in venues switching to single-use containers.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Although single-use cups might be the most feasible option for many cafes at this time, it is possible to have touchless transactions with BYO mugs... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This photo was shared with us just last week by a RC community member! She was able to place her *properly disinfected* mug from home on the counter, which the barista kindly poured her coffee into without any contact 👏⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We encourage cafes to read our article “Adapting to Covid-19 tips” for more information on this matter. Just click the Linktree in our bio!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #BYOMug #reusables #byoCup #noexcuseforsingleuse #plasticpollution #reduce #marinelife #choosetoreuse #responsiblecafes #ImNoMug #waronwasteAU #coffeelovers #environment #reuse #byoMug #refuse #plasticfree #oceanconservation #recycle
Our kit of digital assets is up on the website for Our kit of digital assets is up on the website for #buythemacoffee (or a cake!) ☕️🍩 ready to download (link in bio). Thanks to all the cafes that have registered so far! 🤟Lots of supporters have suggested this should be opened up to people who are struggling financially right now... We will leave it up to our amazing cafes to make that call and pass the good coffee vibes to someone in need. Love you guys! ❤️ #buythemacoffee #responsiblecafes #covid @buythemacoffee Thank you @catfishcreative for the amazing posters. We are so lucky to have your kind voluntary support x
CALLING ALL CAFES☕️ Sign up to our #buythemaco CALLING ALL CAFES☕️ Sign up to our #buythemacoffee campaign where you ask your lovely customers to buy an extra coffee - one for them and one for a key worker! All you have to do is keep a tally and give that coffee away to a front line worker. All you doctors, nurses, teachers, bus drivers, police etc who are keeping the show on the road. We salute you! 👊 We have teamed up with the good folk @buythemacoffee 💜 who have already raised over $80,000 to supply our healthcare workers free coffee during the night shifts. Let's work together to do the daytime! More info in the bio with details on how to get involved. Tag your local cafe if you would like to see them sign up to this so you can #buythemacoffee⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #responsiblecafes #corona #covid #covidkindness #mealforamedic
Many Responsible Cafes have had to make the diffic Many Responsible Cafes have had to make the difficult decision to no longer accept reusables for the time being. We know this is a hard pill to swallow for your cafe and loyal customers as it might feel like you're taking a step backwards in the war on waste....⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But we’re here to reassure you there are other fantastic ways to reduce your waste footprint beyond reusables. For example, where do your used coffee grounds end up? Instead of chucking them in the bin, consider implementing a compost system for grounds and food waste to reduce your landfill contributions! Or if composting isn’t feasible, look up local businesses who will pick up your grounds for free and put them to good use. 🌱⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #compost #byoCup #noexcuseforsingleuse #plasticpollution #reduce #marinelife #choosetoreuse #responsiblecafes #ImNoMug #waronwasteAU #coffeelovers #environment #reuse #byoMug #refuse #plasticfree #oceanconservation #recycle
Has your cafe or restaurant been reduced to takeaw Has your cafe or restaurant been reduced to takeaway only? You’re not in this alone, it’s a new way of doing business for many so we want to try and help by sharing what other cafes have been doing to survive these unprecedented times. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Visit the link in our bio to view our top tips to help you adapt during this health crisis. If you have any tips to add to the list, please post them below to help your fellow cafe community members.
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