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Denmark cafѐ launches program for positive change

Mel Hawkins (left) and Justine Curwen. 

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While coffee is something that many of us feel we need to be able to get through the day, when our daily fix is take away we often don’t always realise how much the containers holding our daily boost of energy impacts the environment.

Though quick and convenient, take away coffee is proving to be a huge contributor to single waste plastic on a daily basis.

In Denmark, one cafѐ has realised the impact they can have on the amount of single use plastic being created and used, launching a program to make it easier for their customers to make the sustainable switch.

Mrs Jones Cafѐ Interior (Supplied)

Significantly reducing environmental impact through cups made from coffee husk waste

Through their new program, Mrs Jones Cafѐ has achieved an ambitious goal and significantly reduced their environmental impact and the impact their customers have when purchasing coffee from them.

The program, named the New Cup Exchange, launched last week.  

Customers first buy their preferred sized Huskee coffee cup at Mrs Jones Cafѐ, which are made entirely from the waste husks left over from the production of coffee. 

Next, they order their takeaway coffee via the Bopple app – making sure to select ‘Huskee swap’ as the modifier.

After that, the coffee is made in a fresh Huskee cup and when customers come in they swap their dirty empty cup for a clean, full cup of coffee.

This process aims to significantly reduce the number of single use coffee cups made and used.  

Mrs Jones Cafѐ Interior (Supplied)

Take away is unavoidable – so how do we make it work?

The bustling cafe has to mange take away customers as well as walk ins, so just stopping take away orders wasn’t an option. 

“We’re quite a busy cafe sometimes so when ordering takeaway – people like to order in advance via the app,” explained cafe co-owner Ms Justine Curwen.

“We’ve come up with a solution where they can buy the cup and they’re beautiful cups, they’re which are really styled quite nicely which is pretty cool.”

“We’ve come up with a solution where they can buy the cup and they’re beautiful cups, they’re really styled quite nicely which is pretty cool.

“So yeah, they just order from the app and then we grab one our the cups and make their coffees in them and it’s ready to go when they arrive,” Ms Curwen explained. 

“We were wasting takeaway cups which is a bit of a shame because there is a lot of plastic involved,” Ms Curwen continued. 

Despite only being implemented a week ago, customers are already embracing the eco-friendly change.

“I’m actually quite surprised with how well people are taking it on board…it’s been really good”

“I’m actually quite surprised with how well people are taking it on board…it’s been really good,” Ms Curwen said enthusiastically. 

Mrs Jones Cafѐ  (Supplied)

WA’s ban on single-use plastic

With WA’s plan to ban single-use plastic being fast-tracked by four years, the McGowan Government is aiming to have single-use plastic phased out by the end of the year. 

WWF-Australia’s Plastic Free July names WA as the best in the country for single-use plastic reform. “It is fantastic to see Western Australia being recognised for its nation-leading action on plastics,” said Environment and Climate Action Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson. 

The Plan for Plastics wants to see plastic bowls, plates, cutlery, straws and polystyrene food containers banned by December 2021. The second stage – starting in December 2022 – will see the phasing out of takeaway coffee cups and lids. 

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