Plastic, Not So Fantastic!

As we enter this new month, we are joining millions of people around the world reduce their plastic waste as it’s Plastic Free July 

Plastic Free July is a global movement providing resources and ideas to help individuals and communities to refuse single-use plastic. 120 million participants in 177 countries have been inspired to take part in challenging themselves to make small changes by refusing single-use plastics in July (and hopefully become a new habit forever!!).  These small changes add up to a massive difference collectively.

THREE KEY TRANSITIONS

1.

Illustration courtesy of @pedrakimou
HUSKEECUP

The following are some great tips from CEO of HUSKEECups, Adrian Chen on how people can practically reduce use of disposable cups in three different situations:
AT WORK:
1) For workers instead of getting disposable cup, bring your HuskeeCup from home (or buy one for work) and bring it down to your HuskeeSwap cafe downstairs and swap it to get a coffee.
2) For your weekly staff meeting, instead of just getting disposable takeaway coffees, arrange with your local HuskeeSwap cafe to have a regular order. Bring your dirty cups down and pick up your fresh coffees in your HuskeeCups.
3) Stock HuskeeCups in the office, so when visitors come for meetings and want a coffee, have someone do the coffee run with HuskeeCups at your HuskeeSwap cafe downstairs
AT HOME:
1) Replace your ceramic coffee cups with HuskeeCups, and get the universal lids as well. The HuskeeCups are great for kids and numerous other mum hacks. 
2) By having the Cups at home, allocate one cup for the car, one to take to work, or when you want a barista made coffee grab one and walk to your local HuskeeSwap cafe.

Adrian Chen, CEO, HUSKEECUP

One small but powerful transition all of us should be making is switching to reusable coffee cups.  Why not enjoy your morning cuppa from a cup made from recycled coffee husk?  Designed in Sydney, Australia and made for the world is the HUSKEECUP.  Australian Good Design Award winner is a good-looking reusable cup that keeps your drink hot and stays cool to the touch due to the slim, outer, grip-fins, and are super durable and dishwasher-friendly. 

HUSKEECups

While HuskeeCup recycles waste materials by repurposing coffee husks into the HuskeeCup, what makes HuskeeCup unique, is the HuskeeSwap system which enables you to refuse single-use plastic in a practically sustainable way for both cafe and coffee drinker. HuskeeSwap is a global Cup Exchange System between the coffee drinker and the cafe. This allows users to create a new habit of utilising HuskeeCups as a reusable cup in your daily coffee routine, and thereby reduce plastic waste from use of disposable cups.  Designed to last for years, they don’t chip or crack easily, and are a brilliant way to come together with your local cafe to work towards the goal of being single-use plastic free, not just in July but all year around. For enquiries contact  swap@huskee.co

The following are some great tips from CEO of HUSKEECups, Adrian Chen on how people can practically reduce use of disposable cups in three different situations:
AT WORK:
1) For workers instead of getting disposable cup, bring your HuskeeCup from home (or buy one for work) and bring it down to your HuskeeSwap cafe downstairs and swap it to get a coffee.
2) For your weekly staff meeting, instead of just getting disposable takeaway coffees, arrange with your local HuskeeSwap cafe to have a regular order. Bring your dirty cups down and pick up your fresh coffees in your HuskeeCups.
3) Stock HuskeeCups in the office, so when visitors come for meetings and want a coffee, have someone do the coffee run with HuskeeCups at your HuskeeSwap cafe downstairs
AT HOME:
1) Replace your ceramic coffee cups with HuskeeCups, and get the universal lids as well. The HuskeeCups are great for kids and numerous other mum hacks. 
2) By having the Cups at home, allocate one cup for the car, one to take to work, or when you want a barista made coffee grab one and walk to your local HuskeeSwap cafe. 

IN THE COMMUNITY:
Universities and Corporate precincts – There is a lot of talk about the takeaway cup problem globally, and while we can talk about how each individual’s decisions and habits can make a difference, we need solutions which can be applied in larger contexts in a manner which is scalable, sustainable for the cafes, and practical for the end consumers in order to create the momentum to bring about true change. We are seeing the desire for change to occur but until now there has not been a solution. The problem we identified was that while there are many products which are an alternative as a reusable cup, what was missing was a system that could be easily implemented on a larger scale in a sustainable way which engages all the key stakeholders (from users, to organisations, to communities). 

Kaffeeform

Kaffeeform from Berlin, are another company recycling coffee grounds to make reusable cups. Lightweight, durable, dishwasher and food safe, can be recycled and have been made in Germany since 2015.

Kaffeeform, Berlin, Germany

POTTERY FOR THE PLANET have collaborated with Spell & The Gypsy Collective of Byron Bay on the beautiful Desert Sand Planet Cup for their latest reusable offering. The aim of the collaboration was to create a unique product for this year’s Plastic Free July campaign as part of Spell’s ‘walk a little lighter focus’. The collection took a six month journey of glaze experimentation to bring the final product to launch on July 1st. The Glaze design has been developed in conjunction with the team at Spell and Renton Bishopric, Founder of Pottery For The Planet, a second generation potter who has been working with clay for  over 20 years. Pottery For The Planet are business sponsors of the Australian Marine Conversations Society and Spell & The Gypsy Collective are business partners of 1% For The Planet.

Desert Sand pottery keep-cup by Pottery For The Planet and Spell & The Gypsy Collective

2.

Next is the plastic straw – are straws even really necessary? If you think they are, make sure to use a re-usable Bamboo, Glass, Metal or Silicone straw and refuse single-use plastic. It’s an easy step towards being greener in your everyday life. Most of us could do without straws altogether, but some people with health issues or dietary restrictions may need them. Re-usable is the way to go. Plastic straws take hundreds of years to break down (but never biodegrade) and the harmful microplastics end up polluting our oceans and poisoning marine life, contaminating our water, soil and food. Think about the benefits of a straw-free lifestyle. Reusable straws shown below are from Evereco and glass straws from Zakkia

3.

Plastic shopping bags, last but certainly not least.  Australia’s plastic bag bans have led to an 80% drop in plastic bag consumption.  It took us a while to make this transition, a lot of us even struggled with it, yet most of us have adjusted by now and it’s led to a huge reduction of single-use plastic hitting our environment.  The next job to be done is to transition out of the smaller single-use plastic, loose produce bags for fruit and veggies.  There are many reusable, washable mesh bags on the market like the one’s shown here from Evereco that you can keep in the boot of your car along with your reusable shopping bags.

July is going to be a great month to challenge ourselves, create good habits and protect our environment.