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Single Use Cup Free at The Hut

By Plastic Free Raglan
The Plastic Free Raglan team sat down for a cuppa with Emma, owner of The Hut which opened last December on Rangitahi Peninsula. Here you can read about why encouraging reuse and minimising waste is so vital for Emma, and how she incorporates her principles into creating a successful business.

Revive Festival

By Jasmin Johnson
Jasmin has a body positive, environmentally and socially proactive presence on instagram @thislifeasjasmin ~ Real as can be. Am stoked to be working alongside her to give some love to Sam and Jock and the REVIVE festival humans, who have undertaken the goal of being zerowaste serviceware at their January 2022 event. We'll share more about Revive and how to keep your festival footprint light as the year goes on, but for now, here's Jasmin...

Throwaway Free At Mussel Inn

By Jane
The Mussel Inn is a popular cafe, brewery and music venue in Golden Bay. Ever since it opened, in 1992, owners Jane and Andrew Dixon have done things differently. Bit by bit, they’ve transformed their business. Here we ask Jane specifically about their process going single use cup free...

The Why

By Laura UYO
We asked our member cafes to give us their 'Why' ~ why they listed with UYO, why they support reuse, why they are working to make changes to the way hospitality has been operating in relation to single use and other issues of social and environmental sustainability. This response is from Malina, The Strictly Coffee Co, Dunedin

Sweet Release ~ Single Use Cup Free

By Kris Bartley
Minimising harm and maximising good is a constant behind all the decisions owner operator Kristine Bartley makes at Sweet Release. This Wellington icon is a plant-based dream, but it also works hard to address local food poverty, rethink waste and encourage inclusivity. Here we ask Kris about their Throwaway Cup Free policy...


By Everyone
Every Friday of April, cafes around New Zealand are pledging to go free of single-use cups, workplaces are signing up to encourage staff to BYO mugs for their morning smoko, and individuals are committing to use our own cups or make time to stay. Here's a heroes list and the how to...

Single Use Free at Governors Bay

By Eric Devos, Owner operator
The Sign of the Kiwi banned take away cups 3 years ago. How did this Governors Bay icon get the job done? What are the benefits? What were their concerns? And what do they have to say to others in hospitality who are thinking about making the move...

The Kiwi Bottle Drive & The Glass Industy

By Takeaway Throwaways
The report also reveals the problem of industry lobbying & what we're up against if we want to see change. And no, it's not the plastic lobby in this case, it's the glass lobby.

Why Being Single Use Cup Free from day 1 is DOPE

By Sîan and Sean - Q & A
These two Wellington locals opened DOPE trailer in January 2021. From the very beginning, they served sumptuous smoothies and smooth Peoples coffees in reusables ONLY. Why and how is what we are asking. Intrigued? Pop and see them parked up weekdays on Forrester Lane, right outside the Sustainability Trust - a fitting location...
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