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Responsible Cafés: enjoy coffee, save money and reduce waste

Australians love their coffee. So much so that over 3 billion takeaway cups and lids are wasted every year. 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 and only rarely 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.

Participating cafes get a vintage-style poster, an information sheet outlining the issue, and bi-yearly metrics on the benefits of the program. Post a funky pledge photo (with the poster and/or reusable cup in action in the cafe - or something more creative!) for the chance to be promoted to all of Australia on Facebook and Instagram.

Click here for an online map of Responsible Cafes in the region

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