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

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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

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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.

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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

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When a single-use cup tells us it is made from plants, or that it is compostable, what it doesn't bother to mention is that it is made primarily from trees. And not trees from Aotearoa, because single-use coffee cups aren't made in here. So now we have that information as a starting point, we can really begin to consider the footprint of throwaway cups. 

Keeping in mind ALL the time that they are used for 4/6 minutes and that accessible alternatives exist, like dine-in, Use Your Own, borrow from a mug library, or simply refuse to use them. 

Consider the wasted land use in growing the trees for a single-use item, the energy (fossil fuels) and water required to turn trees into pulp into cups, the additional process of lining them (another story for another day), then the continuation of fossil fuel use to transport them to New Zealand. Single-use can not be sustainable, is never circular. And benefits no one except for packaging, transportation, and fossil fuel companies. Time to simply Use Your Own Cup? And head over to takeawaythrowaways.nz to make it official...

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...The Coffee Factory - Pomeroys, 16 Elms St, Stoke, Nelson 💜⛅️

"An ever changing Café menu created with local produce and kept fresh and exciting to suit all who visit. Our beautiful Italian Petroncini roaster sits proudly in the corner working tirelessly to produce award winning coffee and with artworks that celebrate the art of coffee are displayed on the walls." ⭐️ Proudly pouring Pomeroys ⭐️

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...Gre3n Superfood & Juice Bar Colombo, 363 Colombo St, Sydenham, Christchurch 🍊🌳

"Where it all began… Our mission to deliver a full range of juices, smoothies, protein shakes and smoothie bowls all made from fresh whole ingredients – locally sourced where possible, to help introduce and support customers to choose a healthier lifestyle. 🌿 Come in for something yum that will feed your body and soul." ⭐️ Proudly pouring Switch Espresso ⭐️

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...Ezra's Place, 1115 Pukuatua St, Rotorua 🚴💓

"The friendliest and most helpful bike shop in Rotorua, which also serves the best coffee in town! We will happily refill any suitable vessel you bring us and discount your brew when you UYOC."