CAN I USE reusable CUPS during Covid-19?

YES – IF IT IS DONE SAFELY. Read what our ambassador Sarah Wilson has to say about serving a contactless coffee in a safe and respectful way.

Where can I find waste education Resources?

Download free resouces aimed at arming our troup of Cafes & Keen Beans with the knowledge to change the tide on single-use plastic.

174 million cups saved from landfill and littering

fighting the war on waste and winning one cup at a time Thanks to over 4,900 participating responsible cafes AND conscious consumers   

Where can i get a coffee using a reusable during Covid-19?

Check out our list of cafes that are serving coffees in a reusable cup via a contactless pour during Covid-19.

Bring on the Science

In terms of the general public’s response to the Covid crisis, we should make every attempt to avoid over-consumption of single-use plastics, particularly in applications like packaging.” (Laville 2020) That is the word from over a hundred Scientists…

NO EXCUSE FOR 

SINGLE-USE 

RESPONSIBLE CAFES MISSION IS TO WORK WITH THE CAFE INDUSTRY TO REDUCE SINGLE-USE PLASTIC AT THE SOURCE & IN TURN 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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Now is a great time to review your cafe logistics. A good cup swap scheme is a great way of keeping your waste down and managing reusable cups the way you want to. Huskee Swap is a great example with a simple swap system and added cost benefits as the customer buys...

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Perfectly Imperfect

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Hey RC Community, we want to see what you've been Hey RC Community, we want to see what you've been up to!! Have you or your local cafe set up a mug library, a refillable sugar jar, or a cup swap system? Share your waste-fighting successes, big and small, by posting a photo or story and make sure to TAG us so we can shout you out and provide inspiration to other responsible cafes! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #plasticfree #reusable #keepitclean #environment #australia #noexcuseforsingleuse #responsiblecafes #waronwaste #contactlesspour #coffee #contactlesscoffee #eco #byoCup #noexcuseforsingleuse
It’s been brought to our attention that the QLD It’s been brought to our attention that the QLD government has updated their Stage 3 rules for hospitality to ban keep cups even when a contactless pour method is used. What the heck @qldgov??? We are confused and saddened by this news as 100’s of scientists have come forth to urge the continued use of reusables during this time and there are a number of safe ways to do a no-contact transaction with reusables. Are you also saddened by this policy?? Has your state also banned reusables in the last few weeks? #takeawaythrowaways #bansingleuseplastic
Since we're nearing the end of #PlasticFreeJuly (A Since we're nearing the end of #PlasticFreeJuly (AKA the best month of the whole year), let's reflect on some actions that will encourage reduce & reuse behaviours after it's over. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As we all probably know by now, DITCHING single-use all together is the best way to stop contributing to landfills. If your cafe isn't quite ready to break up with single-use yet, make an effort to advertise reuse to your customers by creating a mug library, implementing a cup swap system like @huskeecup, posting a sign to encourage customers to bring their reusables, implementing a BYO reusable loyalty card, and starting to charge for single-use items to discourage their use. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's up to each of us to cancel this normalized single-use mindset, so let's get cracking!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #plasticfree #reusable #keepitclean #environment #australia #covid19 #noexcuseforsingleuse #responsiblecafes #waronwaste #contactlesspour #coffee #contactlesscoffee #eco #byoCup #noexcuseforsingleuse
It's nearly August and we boy oh boy do have somet It's nearly August and we boy oh boy do have something fun up our sleeves for you beans! Can you guess what it is?? (no, it's not a puppy). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Let us know your guesses in the comments, if you guess it right we'll give you two gold stars AND a pat on the back!
We want you (yes, you!) to spill the beans and giv We want you (yes, you!) to spill the beans and give us your feedback on how we can better support and educate you! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We've received some really positive feedback over the past few months from you keen beans and are SO impressed by the efforts being made to keep the environment's best interests at heart during these crazzyyyy times. What do you want to see from us next? More info on single-use alternatives? More shoutouts to local cafes fighting the war on waste? Or perhaps you'd like more support in phasing out plastics at your cafe? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Let us know in the comments or via DM so we can give the people what they want. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #plasticfree #reusable #keepitclean #environment #australia #covid19 #noexcuseforsingleuse #responsiblecafes #waronwaste #contactlesspour #coffee #contactlesscoffee #eco #byoCup #noexcuseforsingleuse
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