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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.

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

Taste Nature has re-filled over 35,595 containers in one year

By Ethically Kate
Dunedin based organic grocery store, Taste Nature, has re-filled over 35,595 containers in one year, while encouraging reusers through their unique ‘refilled not landfilled’ board.

What To Do In Aotearoa If A Cafe Isn't Accepting Reusables

By Ethically Kate
If a cafe isn't accepting reusables, you don't have to accept disposables. It's not out of your control! Use this guide to help you make the best decision.


By Martin Allan, Handcrafted Food
Love your product not your packaging is an idea that has came about in a desperate attempt to get business’ to start choosing greener packaging for their products. We can use the powerful platforms of social media to influence, shape even demand the changes we need to see. The consumer is more powerful than ever before. Click in to read on...


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...

Govt proposal to ban wide range of single-use plastic items world-leading

By Takeaway Throwaways
Takeaway Throwaways applauds the August announcement by Associate Minister Eugenie Sage, proposing phase-outs of a wide range of single-use plastics. Items targeted include multiple serviceware products - from bowls, plates, straws, stirrers, cutlery, cups and lids, and sushi trays.

Submission Guide

By Takeaway Throwaways
Proud to share the Takeaway Throwaways short form PDF guide to making a submission on this Govt proposal. This is our chance to make our voices heard, with real impact...

Unofficial Summary of Govt Consultation Doc on Banning some Hard-to-Recycle and Single-Use Plastics

The NZ Government plans to ban a bunch of plastic products... here's a summary of their 74 page proposal document. You're welcome!
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