What would we do if single use cups were banned?

Posted by Eva Smith on

As part of the almost 4,000  strong #BCorp community, we are always in a journey to keep improving. 

For the last decade, we’ve been able to use BioPak's Biodegradable and Compostable takeaway cups, lined with a PLA plastic made from non-oil rapidly renewable resources which produce up to 75% less CO2 than conventional plastics.[1]  

Beyond whether or not the single-use cup can be composted or recycled, we have a significant litter challenge in Australia and second to the use of plastic water bottles, disposable takeaway cups are the highest contributor to litter waste.

At a #BCorp conference we were at recently,  the question was asked, "what if the government banned the single-use takeaway cup? How would we as roasters respond?" 

Companies such as KeepCup and Huskee Cup are making well designed, reusable coffee cups. We encourage customers to bring in their own cup at our Roastery Outlet and Espresso Bar and offer a discount. Not everyone remembers their cup every time and even with encouragement, the take-up of our offer is very small.

Sustainable cups

What is the next step for us? We are not sure. We see this as a challenge that will take individuals, government, institutions and businesses working together to tackle it and to make real progress. As a #BCorp we are part of that conversation. As the first steps, we will continue to encourage reusable cups with a discount and we will continue to learn with BioPak about how to create composting solutions in urban and regional areas. If you have more ideas for us to learn about, please get in touch.

Keep Cup

*Further Reading: Check out the 5 Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds and Leftover Coffee

References:

[1]http://biopak.com.au/blog/biopak-news/paper-cup-recycling-just-the-tip-of-the-iceberg  [2]http://biopak.com.au/blog/biopak-news/biopak-launches-composting-service   [3]https://internetretailing.com.au/keepcup-sees-big-impact-war-waste-doc/