Do you still get a throwaway cup when you pick up a takeaway coffee? That is so last century. If you want to make a change, check out Use Your Own Cup www.uyoc.co.nz for a list of cafes in New Zealand that encourage their customers to bring their own cups. That’s any cup or mug - a groovy one with a lid or even a mug from home. And some eateries also like their customers to bring their own food containers for takeaways.
UYOC was set up by Laura Cope of Dunedin who says this about the website:
"We represent cafes that are committed to minimising their environmental impact by welcoming us to use our own cups when we have takeaway coffee. Every café listed here will pour a brew into any vessel we bring them." Laura Cope
The not for profit café guide includes information about their cafés’ policies on filling water bottles, gluten free options, wifi, reusable cups for sale and other variables, plus downloadable posters and suggestions for workplaces phasing out single use coffee cups.
Any profits from this award winning business – Most Sustainable Business Project in the 2018 Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards – are given to local charities like The Dunedin Wildlife Hospital.
In fact UYOC have already donated $10,000 towards the set up of the Dunedin Wildlife Hospital in exchange for a public pledge by the staff to keep the facility disposable cup free!
What’s not to like about this venture?
“We have no ego – we just want to see the world we leave behind to be one that life can thrive in, respecting the rights of all living things to clean air, water and land." Laura Cope