Auckland’s new sustainable cafe guide

We all know New Zealanders love coffee. Each town and city have their own café scene where new, vibrant and innovative roasters, brewers and pourers are emerging monthly. With that in mind, just think about how many throw-away cups get used on a weekly… actually daily basis. Well, we can tell you – over 500 billion coffee cups are dumped every year across the world and with the population rising and the love of coffee growing, this will only increase!

But, what If you could do something to help sustain our planet?

Well, the good news is you can. UYOC is an acronym for Use Your Own Cup, and it is a new café guide on the block – with a difference, or two. Rather than reporting on and deciding on the fate of a café through user reviews and ratings, UYOC want, simply, to save the world. They believe that there are other ways to show loyalty to a café than carrying their names on a disposable cup.

Cafes, juice bars, and eateries can list their business with UYOC and by doing so they’re adding their voice to a growing movement that encourages us to think again about single-use waste, actively encouraging coffee heads to choose to refill rather than add another disposable to the waste stream.

Some UYOC businesses reward you with a discount on your brew when you ‘UYOC’, and you can use the guide to search for a café that gives you money off as an extra incentive for making the little bit of effort to change your disposable habits. All UYOC profits are distributed to NZ registered charities who “work to alleviate suffering and defend the natural world”. There are no sponsors, no ads – the cafes themselves fund the guide to promote business and kindness with a strong environmental message.

Check out our favourite Auckland cafes involved:

 

Octo cafés – Epsom, Newmarket

Altezano Brothers cafés – CBD locations

Ivy & Bean – Mt Eden

Coffix – Howick & Glenfield

Scratch Bakers – CBD

Pollen – CBD

Wolf Coffee Roasters – Quay Street

Green Time – CBD

Wise Cicada – Newmarket

Bambina – Newmarket

Alyssum – Franklin

Bloc – Mt Eden

Good Karma Coffee Truck – Silo Park & roaming

The Cat Lounge – Glenfield

Odyssey – New Lynn

Merge – Ponsonby

The Living Room – Devonport

Manna Coffee – Birkenhead

Peel to Pip – Morningside

The Village Café – Mangere East

The NZ Coffee Co – Grafton

 

So, if you’re looking for a responsible café, or want to let New Zealand know you are on board, grab your favourite mug and head to uyoc.co.nz to join the NZ Reuse Revolution.

 

Lauren Sanderson

Journalist

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