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.