George Street Quarters gets behind push by Responsible Cafes

George Street Quarters general manager Nikita Worthington. Picture: Matt Jelonek d471096
George Street Quarters general manager Nikita Worthington. Picture: Matt Jelonek d471096

IF you want to save on your morning coffee and make a difference to the environment, then you might like to consider a push by Responsible Cafes.

The volunteer movement encourages venues to offer customers discounts on warm beverages if they bring a re-usable cup.

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With Australians estimated to use one billion takeaway coffee cups every year, Responsible Cafes’ band of “coffee drinkers, cafe owners and citizens” are keen to “change the game on single-use waste by nurturing a culture of reuse”.

George Street Quarters general manager Nikita Worthington said her East Fremantle venue had offered a $1 discount for several years, but jumped on board the Responsible Cafes push a couple of months ago.

“We think it’s a great initiative. We’re always trying to minimise waste,” she said.

“We’re still going through about 700 single-use cups per week. We’d like to get that down to 500.”

Ms Worthington said the $1 discount, which was relatively higher than most offered in Perth, was a sign they were serious about the cause.

“It’s a sign of goodwill. We want it to be good for the customer as well,” she said.

Ms Worthington said the venue was also considering eliminating plastic straws.

“Straws are something we’ll be looking to get rid of,” she said.

“That will reduce costs too, which is a plus.”

She said the only real rule people needed to follow was to ensure cups or mugs brought in were clean.

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