Responsible Resources

Arming our awesome Cafes & Keen Beans with the knowledge to become more responsible.

Fighting the war on waste & winning!

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


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Choose to reuse,
or have your coffee to stay

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…

Cafes can reduce or eliminate disposable coffee cups by offering a discount to customers with reusable takeaway cups.

Contrary to popular belief, takeaway coffee cups are rarely recycled or composted due to inadequate industrial composting facilities and the difficulty of getting the cups/lids there.

Becoming a Responsible Cafe saves money, reduces waste, and incentivises customers to do the right thing by bringing their own cups. Our goal is to change the game on single-use waste by nurturing a culture of reuse and create long lasting behaviour change.

How it works

Cafes register for FREE… what next!
  • Put up your poster and shout it from the rooftops!
  • 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.
  • Throughout the year we will be in touch with new helpful resources and metrics on the benefits of the program so sign up for our newsletter!

If you would like to approach cafes in your area, check out our FAQs for more information or our guide on How to get a Cafe to join.

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