#useyourowncupFRIday

...is here.

Use Your Own Cup Day 2020 was a good, good day. 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, or customer, 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.

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 instagram humans of Aotearoa for their constant support.

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/

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.

๐Ÿ‰ @wellybrunch ๐Ÿ @lovewelly ๐ŸŽ @wellingnoms ๐Ÿ @thewellingtonian ๐ŸŠ @capitaleats_ ๐Ÿ‹  @wellyfoodlove ๐ŸŒ @wellyfoodies ๐Ÿ‰  @wellyfeeds ๐Ÿ‡  @wellington_weekender ๐Ÿ“ @wellyinbelly ๐Ÿ’ @wellyveganscene ๐Ÿ‘  @cassaboutfood ๐Ÿ @welly.eats ๐Ÿ  @wellyinourbellies ๐ŸŽ  @thislifeasjasmin ๐Ÿ @eatbites ๐ŸŠ
 @wellington_cityfoodie ๐Ÿ‹  @happy_belly_welly ๐Ÿ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 papatลซฤnuku, 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