Waste Words From Both Sides Of The Counter

Here you can watch, listen and read videos, podcasts and essays about a variety of strategies and ideas that can be employed to reduce or completely remove many kinds of waste from your hospo life. There are also opinions from cafes lovers about how our relationship with single use waste could and should change...

There is also the ability to discuss and question, contribute and request information. This is a place for hospo to share and learn and support. 

Created to support the hospitality industry, these resources have been created in partnership with some absolute diamonds.

We thank them, and you, for the changes that are happening all over Aotearoa. As always, if you need something, get in touch ~ if you wish to contribute, get in touch. 


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Dear Air New Zealand...

By Frustrated Tidy Kiwis
An open letter to Air New Zealand from frustrated tidy kiwis who desperately want them to jump on the reusable mug bandwagon and never go back...

Mama Says...

By Rachael Maiden
When the day finally arrives that the government bans single use service ware (and I feel it will come) such as straws, coffee, smoothie cups, napkins, takeaway boxes, will I, as a Mother of a two year old, be up in arms?

Should We Take Away Throw-aways?

By Humans of Instagram
We asked this question via our instagram, and here are the responses: I'd like to collect opinions, and I know you guys have them. How would you feel if there were no throwaway cups at all in New Zealand? What alternatives appeal to you? How could we ensure the disability community are ok? Would you still drink take out coffee? What are your priorities? Convenience? The end of single use culture?

The Raging Success of Use Your Own Cup Day 2019

By Kate Hall
On the 11th of December, New Zealand celebrated Use Your Own Cup Day. Cafes, businesses, and individuals bought their own cups instead of using nasty single-use, and the day was a massive hit!

Reusables Only At Remarkables

By Sherryn Smith
October 2019, the Remarkables Market, Queenstown, opened for the season entirely single use cup free. Management, vendors, customers and the wider community have made this work. We asked the market manager, Sherryn, to outline how the journey went...

Ban Throwaway Cups? Thoughts?

By Seeking contributors
We ask here for your feelings, opinions and experiences - How would you feel about a single use cup ban? We will share and share and share. Click in to join in.

The Convenience Of A Throwaway Society

By Clinton Chambers
Click in to read why Clinton, Owner/Operator of Taste Nature, Dunedin, believes that single use is NOT here to stay...

Happy To Be Throwaway Cup Free

By Cafes who are #sucfree
Click in to read brief contributions from cafe owners, staff (and customers) who have experienced a throwaway-takeaway cup-free environment in hospitality, either as part of a Use Your Own Cup day celebration, as a trial, or as a full time policy. Have a read. Feel free to ask questions or contribute your feedback. It's good to talk...

Use Your Own Cup Day

By Kate Hall
Wednesday the 11th of December is Use Your Own Cup Day!! #uyocupday is a celebration for those who choose to respect the planet and their peers by reusing a mug rather than opting for a disposable coffee cup that, well, majorly sucks. Join us!? ☕ Click and read on for cafes who have something special for you on Use Your Own Cup Day...
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