Bye Bye Plastic
BYE BYE PLASTIC NEWS
On a soggy July morning last week, BBP launched its partnership with Green Caffeen at The Foliage Cafe in North Sydney with a free coffee for everyone who used the Green Caffeen app to purchase a take away coffee. We were joined by North Sydney Mayor Zoe Baker who came out to support local business. Regular customers were amazed by how easy it is to use the Green Caffeen and shocked by the statistic that 2.7 million disposable cups are still being discarded across Australia every day!
Its so simple to use this system. Just download the app onto your mobile phone. You need to put a credit card in as a deposit but no funds will be withdrawn unless you do not return a cup after a month (and a couple of gentle email reminders). When you forget your reusable cup and want a coffee to go, just ask for a Green Caffeen cup and you will only pay for the cost of the coffee to the cafe. Return it to any Green Caffeen registered cafe within a month. Its soooo easy and cool to be Green Caffeen!
Check out the cool video!
The foodservice industry which includes restaurants, cafes, food courts, take-away and home delivery, use single-use plastic extensively. Is it possible for this important industry to reduce their consumption of resources, improve our quality of life, whilst ensuring foodservice businesses remain profitable?
The circular economy provides us with a framework to re-design our production and consumption systems moving towards “zero waste” as a key outcome. What would it look like if we reused materials in the foodservice industry, reducing waste and reducing cost? What innovative solutions and businesses are out there that can help us move closer to a circular economy?
BBP hosted a special webinar this month during Plastic Free July focusing in these very issues. Featuring a panel of experts in this area:
- Naomi Tarzisz, founder of Replated a , a reusable and swappable takeaway container service
- Martin Brooks and Sarah Hollingworth from Green Caffeen, swap and go reusable coffee cup scheme
- Sarah O-Brien of sustainable BBP member cafe, Best Bagel Co, Cremorne
Watch the recorded webinar here. Subtitled captions are available on the YouTube video in English.
REPLACING SINGLE USE PLASTIC WITH OTHER MATERIALS
Single use plastic has become a necessary evil for business due mainly to its cost factor and easy to obtain and dispose of, seemingly without consequence to the business or the consumer. However as it is now painfully obvious that the amount of plastic is drowning the oceans and polluting the environment, businesses and consumers are increasingly conscious of trying to reduce the amount of single use plastic being used. There are so many other available single use items made of more sustainable materials that may be compostable or biodegradable.
The Bye-Bye Plastic hello BYO website has a comprehensive catalogue of suppliers resources of non-petroleum based items.
REPLACING PLASTIC WITH REUSABLES
Reusables are best, if you can find practical and cost effective alternatives to single use for use in your business. The planet will thank you and increasingly, the general customer base appreciate a business’ efforts to go reusable.
INVESTMENTS TO REDUCE SINGLE USE PLASTIC
There are many clever innovations and equipment available to invest in if you are keen to reduce reliance on single use disposables. Water, coffee, storage and take away containers… the list goes on and is ever increasing as clever inventors come up with ways to balance high demand with convenience.
Check out the Bye-Bye Plastic website Suppliers Page for products and suppliers to meet your needs.
Single Use Plastic and COVID-19
With the threat posed by COVID-19 this year, it feels like we have no choice but to use more single use and disposable items for hygiene to prevent spread of the virus through the community.
North Sydney Council did their research to find ways that cafes and shops could still support the move away from single use in these challenging times and have come up with some cool info-graphics to explain the process. Its a little bit of effort but well worth it in the end. Click on the image to download, print and share!
Why is it time to give single use plastic the flick?
Apart from killing sea and bird life, clogging our oceans it is now infiltrating our food chains. We created plastic to make our lives easier, but now it threatens our health and enjoyment. Time to say bye-bye plastic.