BBP and Responsible Cafes

03 July 2017

The Better Business Partnership has partnered with the Responsible Cafes program! Following the huge success of the ABC War on Waste series, we encourage you to tackle the issue of coffee cups in your business. In Australia, 3 billion takeaway cups are thrown away every year, and most of them are never recycled.

Businesses have the power to reduce this and change behaviours, by influencing their team’s daily coffee habit and encouraging local cafes to reward sustainable behaviours.

FOR CAFES: Sign up to the Responsible Cafés program

Sign up on the website and join the growing crew of 2,500 Responsible Cafes across Australia who offer a discount to customers who bring their own cups. Most cafes offer between 50c and $1 but it’s up to you!


How it works:

  • Once you sign up, you will receive an awesome A4 poster to display in a prominent place in your café to promote the discount and help start a conversation with your customers.
  • Your cafe will be placed on the searchable map on the website so conscious customers can find you.
  • Train your staff to ask takeaway customers whether they brought a cup and sell your own reusable cups in store. It’s an easy low-pressure way to get folks thinking about reuse and promote the discount.
  • Continue to make waste reduction improvements for online promotion.
  • Spread the word with a funky pledge photo and the hashtags #responsiblecafes #BYOcoffeecup for a chance to be promoted to all of Australia.



FOR OTHER BUSINESSES: Switch to reusable cups and encourage your local cafes to offer a discount

STEP 1: Your first step is to ditch disposable cups and switch your team to reusable coffee cups.

There are many types to choose from, available online or in your local cafes such as KeepCup, Cheeki, Frank Green etc. or just use a good old ceramic mug! Most are available to purchase online, or you can find local shops or cafes that stock them.

STEP 2: Talk to your favourite or regular cafes about incentivising this behaviour by offering a discount to customers with their own cup, through the Responsible Cafes movement.

Most cafes who sign up offer between 20c and $1 which means you can save a significant amount of money on your daily brew. Cafes can sign up on the Responsible Cafes website here:, they will receive a poster and be added on the online searchable map so that conscious customers such as yourselves can find them. So talk to them about signing up, give them a factsheet, available here) and let’s get our local cafes to do the right thing! The BBP team will also be talking to local cafes in the area, and we’ll keep you updated of who has signed up on our website below.




If you are a local café or business and would like to improve your sustainability, such as reducing your energy and water consumption, increasing your recycling and reducing your waste, improving your transport, purchasing habits etc. you can sign up to the free Council-funded Better Business Partnership and receive a sustainability appraisal, customised action plan and extra help and support to implement sustainability initiatives. Contact the BBP team here or give us a call on 9777 7561.

Handy guides for download:


Cafes that offer a discount in the BBP program area and are part of the Responsible Cafes program are listed below. Also visit the Responsible Cafes map on their website for more info:

  • Artarmon:
    GG espresso, 4 Broadcast Way
  • Cammeray:
    About Life, 520 Miller St
    Laneway Café, 457 Miller St
    Maker's Loft, 205 Ernest St 
  • Castlecrag:
    Four Saints Espresso and Kitchen, Shop 19, 100 Edinburgh Rd 
  • Cremorne:
    Don Adan Coffee too, 65-67 Parraween St 
  • Chatswood:
    5Loaves 2Fish, 23/455 Victoria Ave
    Blend Cafe Dougherty Community Centre, 7 Victor St
    Soul Origin Chatswood Chase, 345 Victoria Ave
    Soul Origin Westfield, 1 Anderson St
    Steam Engine Coffee, Chatswood Interchange, 25/436 Victoria Ave
    Tea Square Café, Mandarin Centre, 224/65 Albert Ave
    Two Jays Cafe & Burger Bar, 2/31 Victor St
  • Crows Nest:
    About Life, 13 Willoughby Rd
    BOOM! Eatery, 79 Willoughby Rd
    Double Cross Espresso Bar, 118 Willoughby Rd
    Eighty Ate, 88 West St
    ZarBar, 2/8 Clarke St  
  • East Lindfield:
    That Great Market Lindfield, 9 Wellington Rd  
  • Gordon:
    Bakerie, 773 Pacific Highway
    Little Gem Café, 1 Moree Street
    Pure Brew Co, 1 St Johns Ave  
  • Lindfield:
    Bella Blue Café, 1/303 Pacific Hwy
    The Runaway Spoon, 3 Kochia Ln  
  • Middle Cove:
    Kiss Me Cake, 161 Eastern Valley Way 
  • Milsons Point:
    Coney Café, Luna Park, 1 Olympic Drive  
  • Neutral Bay
    Tonic Lane, Shop 6, 8 Young Lane  
  • North Sydney:
    Bao Shop, 80 Mount St
    Bar Bellaccino, 54 Miller St
    Charlie & Frank's 110 Walker St
    GG espresso, Coca-Cola Place, 40 Mount St
    GG espresso, 40 Miller St
    Jagos on Miller, 232 Miller St
    Lot No. 50, 50 Berry St
    Mary MacKillop Place, 7 Mount St
    Soul Origin Greenwood Plaza, 36 Blue St
    The Greens, 50 Ridge Street
    Underground Espresso, m41/36 Blue St
  • North Willoughby:
    Via Alta Espresso, 197 High St
  • Pymble:
    Harry & Piers, 81 Grandview St
    Jack & Co, 1103 Pacific Hwy  
  • St Ives:
    Eden Café, 3/351 Mona Vale Rd
    Rosedale Cottage, 175 Rosedale Rd
  • St Leonards:
    The Moody Chef, 1/30 Atchison St
    The Moody Chef, 207 Pacific Hwy
  • Turramurra:
    La Stazione, 27 Rohini St
  • Wahroonga:
    Danes Wahroonga, 12 Railway Ave
  • Waverton:
    Coal Loader Café, 2-10 Balls Head Drive
    Waterview at Waverton, 97 Bay Rd
  • West Pymble:
    Ku-ring-gai Fitness and Aquatic Centre, Prince of Wales Drive
  • Willoughby:
    Blend Poolside, 2 Small St


Responsible Café Champion:

In a bold move, Tonic Lane in Neutral Bay has phased out single-use disposable coffee cups since 1 August and encouraging hot drink lovers to bring their own reusable cups, or to help themselves to a free mug, in an attempt to reduce unnecessary waste going to landfill. Find out more about their movement by clicking the image below:

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