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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COVID 19 Press Release

By Takeaway Throwaways
There's a lot to talk about, for sure, and many issues to consider to keep ourselves safe, both sides of the hospitality counter, but there is no need to sacrifice our planet, or u-turn on all the good work that has been done to reduce single use in Aotearoa New Zealand. Our climate crisis is still real...

Being Single Use Free!

By Mell Anderson
It's a feel good factor when we think we have approximately saved 12,000 cups going to Hawkes Bay land fill in our short time doing it!

Single Use Cup (SUC) Free in 2020 

By Kirsty Schmutsch
​​​​​​​What’s your new year’s resolution? Ours is to be single use cup free (SUC Free) in 2020.  What does this mean? It means that we no longer serve takeaway drinks in single use cups- takeaway coffee cups.

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
How would you feel if there were no throwaway cups at all in New Zealand? What alternatives appeal to you? How could we ensure whatever stepped up to fill the void would be inclusive? 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...

Responsible Influencing

By Laura Cope
Can social media be the tool we need to formalise and solidify the shift toward #caringisthenewblack? What role can regular social media users play to influence the influencers? Does change in the real need the permission of the virtual world?
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