The Raging Success of Use Your Own Cup Day 2019

By Kate Hall

80 cafes celebrating. 500+ Instagram shares. National radio hype. Magazine features. Totally single use cup free cafes. Enthusiastic humans. Kind businesses. This is what the 11th of December looked like.

Use Your Own Cup Day 2019 was the first of its kind and went off with a BANG.

A bang that rippled across the country in the most natural way possible. There was no hesitation, no questioning; New Zealand simply stood up and did it. Those who already have their heads screwed on and use reusable cups everyday, had fun being celebrated, while those who needed it, got a loving push in the right direction.

The highlights

  • Big Fig and Otago University have gone completely single use cup free!! This was announced on UYO Cup Day

  • Athletes Ameliaranne Ekenasio (Silver Fern) and Emma Gilmour (rally driver) got involved

  • Polly & Grant from MoreFM National Radio were super excited on air

  • Catalyst, Taste Nature, Fedeli, Big Fig, Pembroke Patisserie, The Federal Diner, and Get Fixed Bicycle Cafe went completely single use cup free for the day

  • Councils were on board

  • Nearly 100 cafes gifted free and/or discounted coffees in the spirit of waste free coffee

  • Amazing media stories online from places such as The Wanaka Sun, Nelson Magazine, Focus Magazine, and Fashionz

The main highlight of the day was watching cafes nationwide stand up to lead the charge. Customers were treated to free coffees, crazy discounts, and a whole lot of love for their reusables. The New Zealand hospitality industry truly demonstrated that the days of puzzled looks from baristas when reusables are handed over, are long gone.

Use Your Own Cup Day was a massive success, and all going well, it will never happen again. Why have another day for something that’s just common sense?

The Cafes who deserve a round of applause and standing ovation:

(including how they gave back on the 11th December)
 

GOING SINGLE USE CUP FREE ALL DAY

Catalyst, Dunedin

Taste Nature, Dunedin

Fedeli, Wanaka

Big Fig, Wanaka - who have announced they will be staying single use cup free!

Pembroke Patisserie, Albert Town

The Federal Diner, Wanaka

Get Fixed Bicycle Cafe, Porirua

 

DUNEDIN & OAMARU & TIMARU

Vanguard: Free brews to the first 10 customers who #uyoc AND $2 brews if you #uyoc ALL day

Blueskin Cafe & Nurseries: Free brews to the first 20 customers who #uyoc

Emersons Tap Room: $1 coffess if you #uyoc between 10am and noon

Tuppence Cafe: Free brews to the first 10 customers who #uyoc AND the first 10 customers who make time to stay.

Taste Nature: Free mini muffins if you #uyoc

Ombrellitos: Free brews to the first 5 customers who #uyoc

The Daily Coffee Co: Free brews to the first 10 customers who #uyoc

Modaks: Free brews to the first 10 customers who #uyoc

The Corner Store: Free brews to the first 10 customers who #uyoc

Grid Coffee Roasters: $2 brews all day if you #uyoc

Vogel Street Kitchen: Free brews to the first 10 customers who #uyoc

Beam Me Up Bagels: Free brews to the first 10 customers who #uyoc

Copper: Free brews to the first 10 customers who #uyoc

Potpourri: Free brews to the first 10 customers who #uyoc

Project Wellness: Free brews to the first 10 customers who #uyoc

Morning Magpie: Free brews to the first 10 customers who #uyoc

Precinct: Free brews to the first 10 customers who #uyoc

Heritage: Free brews to the first 10 customers who #uyoc

Catalyst: Free brews to the first 10 customers who #uyoc

Brydone Wholefoods: Free brews to the first 5 customers who #uyoc

Watsons: Free brews to the first 5 customers who #uyoc

Zest: Every coffee bought goes into the draw for 2 reusable cups

 

WELLINGTON & SURROUNDS & KAPITI COAST

Sweet Release: Free brews to the first 10 customers who #uyoc

The Hangar: Free brews to the first 5 customers who #uyoc

Two Grey: Free brews to the first 6 customers who #uyoc

Magnetix: Free brews to the first 5 customers who #uyoc

Mojo: Free brews to the first 5 customers who #uyoc at all Welly stores

Mojo Origins: 40 'free' again again cups (you can swap it for a new one at any mojo forever!)

Mojo Beanery: 20 'free' again again cups (you can swap it for a new one at any mojo forever!)

Page 42 Gelato: Instagram giveaway for a Sup Cup and 5 free coffees. Click HERE to connect

Lashings: $2 brews all day when you #uyoc

Olde Beach Bakery: Goodies raffle
 

AUCKLAND & SURROUNDS

Two Spoons: Double Loyalty Stamps

Bow & Tie Micro Roastery: Half priced brews all day when you #uyoc

Sip Kitchen Rosedale: $1 off all hot drinks in a reusable

Sip Kitchen Newmarket: $1 off all hot drinks in a reusable

Drifter Coffee: Free brews to the first 5 customers who #uyoc

Chiasso Coffee Roasters: 2 free coffees when you buy a keep cup

Chapter Tea & Coffee: $2 for 'regular' tea or coffee when you #uyoc and half price 'specialty' drinks plus 15% off reusable cups

Scarecrow: 10% off reusable cup sales all day

The Living Room: Vegan treats when you #uyoc

Shake: $1 off when you #uyoc
 

NATIONWIDE & ONLINE

The Coffee Club: Half price brews all day when you #uyoc in all stores 

Tank Juice: Reusable smoothie cup giveaways on their social media - Click HERE to connect

Z Espresso: Reusable cup giveaways on their social media - Click HERE to connect

Coffee Culture: Reusable cup giveaways on their social media - Click HERE to connect

Boost Juice: $1 discount when you #uyoc
 

QUEENSTOWN ~ CLYDE ~ WANAKA

The Grille By Eichardts: $2.50 coffees to people who come in and show the UYO cup day logo, plus a limited supply of ceramic cups to give away, plus $15 keepcups all day. Plus an incredible raffle - just buy a coffee to enter! Click HERE to connect 

Mrs Woolly's General Store: Launching 50c discount on uyoc

The Exchange: $1 off your brew when you #uyoc

The Coffee Shack: Free brews to the first 10 customers who #uyoc

Edge Water: 50c #uyoc discount
 

MOTUEKA ~ NELSON

Bloom Cafe: An instagram giveaway featuring a Pottery For The Planet cup and seed bombs, a $50 voucher and some yum Panna Chocolate. Click HERE to connect

The Coffee Factory: $3 brews all day when you #uyoc
 

HAWKES BAY

Mitzi & Twinn Cafe: $3.50 brews all day when you #uyoc
 

RAGLAN

The Shack: 11th customer gets a free Pottery For The Planet cup
 

WHANGANUI ~ WANGANUI

The Village Snob: $1 off coffees when you #uyoc. 2 free coffes with any reusable cup purchased on the day

Sour Bros: $1 brews all day when you #uyoc

 

TAURANGA & SURROUNDS

The Falls Cafe: $1 surcharge on take outs - and a $3 charity donation from cup sales - love this!

The Daily, Te Puke: 25% off Keepcups!
 

ROTORUA

Capers Epicurean: Free brews to the first 10 customers who #uyoc

 

HAMILTON

Yalla Yalla:  Free brews to the first 5 customers who #uyoc
 

CHRISTCHURCH

Switch New Brighton: Giveaway goodness on their social media

Coffee Culture: Reusable cup giveaways on their social media

Made Espresso Bar: 1 free coffee each hour to someone who #uyoc

Fulla Beanz: Giving away 4 SupCups on their instagram. Click HERE to connect

The Cake Eating Co: Free cinammon doughnuts when you #uyoc til gone

Laneway: $1 off coffees when you #uyoc

Gebbies Garden: $3.50 brews all day when you #uyoc

Room 205: 20c off when you #uyoc

Bear Lion Foods: Free reusable straw when you #uyoc

Bobalab: Double loyalty stamps when you #uyoc
 

TAUPO

The Cozy Corner: $1 off coffees when you #uyoc
 

NORTHLAND ~ RAWENE ~ WAIPU

A New Era Cafe:  $2 brews when you #uyoc

Little Red Coffee: $3.30 brews all day when you #uyoc

Logan Maclean: $1 off when you #uyoc
 

BLENHEIM

Vines Village Cafe: Free brews to the first 5 customers who #uyo
 

WAIKATO ~ OTOROHANGA

The Good Coffee Cart: Go in the draw to win a reusable when you #uyoc

Fairfield Bridge Dairy: Free brews when you #uyoc, 10am - 2pm