What is this all about though?

Reuse is about more than cutting cafe costs, landfill space and reducing resource waste. It's about guiding our society away from harmful throwaway culture towards sustainable practices and attitudes. Once we recognise, through the relatively small act of taking responsibility for our coffee and cake habits, that we are the both the problem AND the solution, we can see more clearly how vital, and easy, it is to consider each other, our one planet home, and all its inhabitants. Start by using your own cup - then move on to other lifestlye choices that can improve and extend life on earth. Little leads quickly and directly to big. That's what this is all about. 

Use Your Own Cup Day

December the 11th was National Use Your Own Cup Day - a day of celebrating customers who refuce single use, and those cafes who encourage us to Use Our Own Cups, make time to stay, or borrow from them.

It was wonderful, with owner operators and national franchises stepping up and taking part. Too many to mention, but they know who they are and I hope they know how much we all appreciate them....

Wellington shone this year, with cafes on the wasterfront going throwaway cup free for the day, working alongside some instagram foodies to create a feeling of collaboration and connection. So special thanks to these guys for working with their adopted cafes to make the love flow to the waterfront.

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 @wellington_cityfoodie πŸ‹  @happy_belly_welly πŸŒ 

Use Your Voice

There is currently an opportunity for all of us to make submissions on a Government proposal to phase out and ban several kinds of single use and hard to recycle plastics, many associated with hospitality. Single use coffee cups are not included, BUT they are mentioned repeatedly and our feedback is requested. Follow THIS link to find out how to submit, and for guidance on content and process. It's easy peasy, and vital too. Meanwhile, here is a comment from one of the UYO cafes who have shared their thoughts about how a ban on single use cups could work for them:

We would need an option that is appealing to our 'no bullshit' customers. These are the ones that are on their way to work, don't want to fluff around with one of our jars because it seems 'too difficult', just want their coffee and to run - these people are going to be the hardest to appeal to. Having a cup library with a lid where you take the customers order, make their coffee in one of these cups, have our brand or something obvious on them so people know where to return them, and pass the cup to the customer and say when you're next in the neighbourhood drop the cup back in. Otherwise, a universal system where all cafes accept one of a few brands so people can drop their reusable cups into any accepting cafe and each place takes responsibility for sanitising and putting back out. There would probably need to be an app or something collaborative so local cafes can reach out to this company or other cafes if they're running low (we might get people returning the cups less as we're a neighbourhood or 'destination' cafe as opposed to those in town or the CBD). - Adjø, Dunedin

 

Use Your Own Cup Day

December the 11th is National Use Your Own Cup Day: Customers refusing single use, cafes encouraging us to Use Our Own Cups, make time to stay, or borrow from them.

Click HERE if you are a cafe and download ideas and posters for your business. Reach out to us and we will support your work by connecting you with our online community and funding free brews...

If you are a coffee lover who also cares about minimising single use waste, supporting cafes and papatūānuku, click HERE for posters for your workplace - let others know you are in. And please, share your work on instagram and tag @uyo.nz - We will shout about you and your business and your commiment to doing things the right way...

Use Your Democracy

There is currently an opportunity for all of us to make submissions on a Government proposal to phase out and ban several kinds of single use and hard to recycle plastics, many associated with hospitality. Single use coffee cups are not included, BUT they are mentioned repeatedly and our feedback is requested. Follow THIS link to find out how to submit, and for guidance on content and process. It's easy peasy, and vital too. Meanwhile, here is a comment from one of the UYO cafes who have shared their thoughts about how a ban on single use cups could work for them:

Customers should be encouraged to make educated demands. Some business operators are immobilized by their current customers. If customers made new demands or new customers came to encourage and support a business shifting their practice towards sustainability, it would create momentum and distribute the responsibility from business to both business and consumer - Exchange, Christchurch

Something To Consider

There is currently an opportunity for all of us to make submissions on a Government proposal to phase out and ban several kinds of single use and hard to recycle plastics, many associated with hospitality. Single use coffee cups are not included, BUT they are mentioned repeatedly and our feedback is requested. Follow THIS link to find out how to submit, and for guidance on content and process. It's easy peasy, and vital too. Meanwhile, here is a comment from one of the UYO cafes who have shared their thoughts with us:

 A nationwide ban, or transition period would be a great way for businesses and consumers to start being the change straight away. It would also increase the opportunity for new innovative sustainability based businesses to rise to the new challenge of creating more resilient and regenerative systems around single use plastic - compostable or not! - The Organic Mechanic

Something To Consider

How To Drink Coffee Like You Give A Shit: 

1️⃣  Make time to stay awhile 2️⃣  Use your own cup 3️⃣  Borrow a cup 4️⃣  Borrow a jar 5️⃣  Buy a cup 6️⃣  Live happily ever after 7️⃣  Nope. There's no other option. That’s it.

Something To Consider

This week I overheard a stranger say to another stranger "I really love your top, you look great." You could tell the person accepting the compliment was absolutely over the moon and blown away by those simple 8 words. They had a small conversation, and both people continued fruit shopping with a smile on their dile.

This morning, two eldery ladies who I pass every morning on my dog walk, stopped. One of them, looked at me and said "Now, I haven't stopped and chatted with you recently, how are you?"

My friend changed jobs this month, and had a large pile of (stained, old, and grubby) work shirts to get rid of. I told him to give them to me; I couldn't bare to see them end up in landfill. After a quick chat with my local mechanic, I'm going to cut them up into rags that will save the mechanic approximately $50 (he usually buys bundles of rags for $25). This deed feels selfish, because my heart feels so fuzzy.

Sometimes I'm ashamed to be human. Sometimes I look at the horrible things we have done to the earth and the damaging decisions we keep making, and I cry. But this week, I was reminded of good humans. Humans who care for each other, who think of the planet, who look out for strangers, and pass on warm fuzzies when no one is asking them to.

Humanity isn't all bad. Remember that.

~ Words from @ethicallykate