how to get a cafe to join?

how to get your cafe to join responsible cafes?

As a conscious consumer it is up to you where you buy your morning brew. So why not use the power of your dollar to create positive change and approach your cafe to join Responsible Cafes – if they are not already!  

We have created a simple guide to help you approach your local cafe (click on the image to download), but here are some handy tips to get you thinking:

  • Find a quiet time to talk to the cafe owner or barista – maybe not during the morning coffee rush! 
  • You can print off our guides here to help with some useful facts about the program. A good one to mention is there are already over 4,500 cafes across Australia who are already on board! 
  • Try and approach the subject with a positive upbeat manner – no one likes a naggy Nora! 

We are always looking for ways to improve our relationships with cafes, to help them reduce their single use plastic, so please contact us if you have any feedback from your experience. 


We are always contacted by cafes and consumers keen to find out what more they can do to fight the war on waste. In response we have created a handy guide, looking beyond throw away cups, aimed at giving more information about other ways cafes can reduce waste from composting to ditching straws and takeaway containers. 

So, if you know a cafe that you think would be interested in taking more action to reduce waste then feel free to download, print off and hand out this great guide! 


Download more helpful guides, posters and fun stuff.


Help support us by buying a responsible product in our shop.

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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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