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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 and 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 change behaviour.
How it works
Cafes register for FREE
Participating cafes instantly receive a downloadable vintage-style poster and an information sheet so they can educate customers on the issue. Put up your poster and shout it from the rooftops! Post a funky pledge photo (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.
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I have been watching the War on Waste and was shocked seeing how many coffee cups end up in landfill. I would love to help spread the word that unfortunately coffee cups cannot be recycled due to the plastic lining and the only way we can reduce this waste is to BYO coffee cup.
Keen Bean Emma
We recently registered as a responsible café. When we registered we thought we would be offering a 50 cent discount to customers when using their reusable cup, however since then we have rethought this and want to offer a $1.00 incentive.
Wallis – Cafe Owner
I recently heard of your brilliant movement on a television documentary tackling waste in Australia. I live in the beautiful Whitsundays and from what I can see on your website we only have two cafes in the area that are “responsible cafes”; with your help I hope to change that.
Keen Bean Thomas
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