UYO is a ProActivist Cafe Guide...aย what?

A Proactivist is anyone who goes beyond talking of the problem to courageously, innovatively, positively solution-ing the problem.

Proactvists are the 'move the convo along' version of activists: they create new systemic containers for things to thrive. Activists stir the shit (that's the @uyo.nz instagram!) and then Proactivists move us beyond the concentric, divisive circle, the habitual defensive behaviour, that often shackles us in the mess that we are in, to allow for new ideas to take hold, creating easeful on-ramps for easy self enroll. It is post-cool: there is no need to impress anyone, just do the work.

So, support small businesses that are proactively addressing the world’s struggle against throwaway culture with joy-filled solutions as a Proactivist.

#useyourowncupFRIday

...is here. Use Your Own Cup Day 2020 was a good, good day, especially on the gorgeous Wellington Waterfront. A group of hospo heroes united and quit single use cups for the day. They gave plenty of notice to their customers, and some offered alternatives – jars and mugs – provided by the volunteer team @wastefreewaterfront. The online community got behind it, adopting cafes and giving them love, on social media and in real life.

So, building on the back of that, we are thrilled to bits to support #useyourowncupFRIday. Head to our ‘Guides and Signs’ if you are a cafe for some easy resources. And reach out to us, ๐Ÿ’Œ  here, or @uyo.nz ~ you know we’ll do all we can and then some to shine the light on your goodness.

๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒธ CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF CAFES WHO ARE TAKING PART OR WHO ARE ALWAYS THROWAWAY CUP FREE ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒธ

Quick shout out to the humble and inspirational Simon of Tuatua Cafe, whose love for his city, for coffee, for his world, made this little snowball grow and grow. And TO the countless foodies and influencers of Wellington for their constant support.

UYO is a ProActivist Cafe Guide...aย what?

 

A Proactivist is anyone who goes beyond talking of the problem to courageously, innovatively, positively solution-ing the problem.

Proactvists are the 'move the convo along' version of activists: they create new systemic containers for things to thrive. Activists stir the shit (that's the @uyo.nz instagram!) and then Proactivists move us beyond the concentric, divisive circle, the habitual defensive behaviour, that often shackles us in the mess that we are in, to allow for new ideas to take hold, creating easeful on-ramps for easy self enroll. It is post-cool: there is no need to impress anyone, just do the work.

So, support small businesses that are proactively addressing the world’s struggle against throwaway culture with joy-filled solutions as a Proactivist.

#useyourowncupFRIday

...is here. Use Your Own Cup Day 2020 was a good, good day, especially on the gorgeous Wellington Waterfront. A group of hospo heroes united and quit single use cups for the day. They gave plenty of notice to their customers, and some offered alternatives – jars and mugs – provided by the volunteer team @wastefreewaterfront. The online community got behind it, adopting cafes and giving them love, on social media and in real life.

So, building on the back of that, we are thrilled to bits to support #useyourowncupFRIday. Head to our ‘Guides and Signs’ if you are a cafe for some easy resources. And reach out to us, ๐Ÿ’Œ  here, or @uyo.nz ~ you know we’ll do all we can and then some to shine the light on your goodness.

๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒธ CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF CAFES WHO ARE TAKING PART OR WHO ARE ALWAYS THROWAWAY CUP FREE ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒธ

Quick shout out to the humble and inspirational Simon of Tuatua Cafe, whose love for his city, for coffee, for his world, made this little snowball grow and grow. And TO the countless foodies and influencers of Wellington for their constant support.

Koha Cups aims to keep coffee waste out of landfill

 

"A Te Awanga woman is on a mission to collect more than 500 coffee mugs to help keep thousands more disposable coffee cups out of landfills.

Zeb White hopes her new venture, Koha Cups, will encourage people to use takeaway coffee mugs.

The recycled coffee mugs, received as donations or purchased from op shops, will be available at participating cafes for people to use in place of takeaway cups, returning the clean mug on their next visit.

But first she has to collect them." 

Click HERE to read the Herald article and play your part in keeping Hawke's Bay beautiful. 

Ah Shit - Here we go again.

Done it before and we'll do it again. Stay home as much as we can and treat ourselves and each other with compassion, patience and respect.

For our hospo whฤnau, click ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ“๐ŸŒฎ HERE โ˜•๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿฐ  for guidance about accepting personal and swap system reusables at Level 2 & Level 3. 

For those of us on the other side of the counter, now is our time to shine, both as caring and responsible humans who do the right damn thing by each other and as supporters of the cafes who take care of us all our lives.

If your local is at Level 3 so you can't dine in, and for whatever reason is not accepting 'keepcup', you don't have to accept a throwaway cup. Instead, you could buy a voucher for when reuse is on again, or do some algorithm work for them on your social media: bookmark and share and comment on their posts. You could write reviews for them (and send them through to us ๐Ÿ–ฅ๐Ÿ””๐Ÿ“ข  HERE ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ– ๐Ÿ“ธ  if they are  UYO cafe) on line. 

If your local is at Level 2 and you feel comfortable visiting, and if you can afford it, why not 'pay forward' a coffee for the next customer with a 'keepcup'? Little things like this are big things at times like this, when the kindness of strangers is what can and will pull us all through. 

Kia kaha te arohanui ~ and here I want to acknowdlege that I am Tauiwi. Mฤori is not my own language. I use it now because these words, and their meaning, best represent what we need to do, to be, how we need to act, to feel, to think, to keep Aotearoa safe. Other languages, in this place, at this time, I believe, simply do not have the weight, nor do they communicate the gratitude I believe all Tauiwi must be experiencing at this moment in time to be able to call Aotearoa New Zealand 'home'. 

 

Zerowaste and Upholding Te Tiriti

Every now and again, social media provides us with content worth sharing. This is from an account @thereubbishtrip and was posted on Waitangi Day this year.

 

Waitangi Day is a good opportunity to think about how we can better uphold Te Tiriti o Waitangi at all levels of society, and the benefits this could bring for everyone.

For those of us striving for a zero waste world (whether Pฤkehฤ/tauiwi or Mฤori), that could mean thinking about:

1) How waste, plastic pollution, and the linear economy are connected to a system of extractive capitalism that was implanted through colonisation, and that therefore...

2) Some of the solutions to waste and plastic pollution in Aotearoa could include removing obstacles to tino rangatiratanga and upholding Te Tiriti.

If the relationship between waste and colonialism in Aotearoa is new terrain for you, we recommend diving into the work of Tina Ngata. This conversation between Tina and Max Liboiron is a great starting point on the benefits of a decolonial approach to addressing waste issues:
 

https://civiclaboratory.nl/2020/07/13/maori-plastic-pollution-expertise-and-action-in-aotearoa/

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.