MORE than 1000 coffee-goers opt for reusable cups over paper cups at Bayswater’s Cool Breeze Cafe each week, according to owner Giorgia Johnson.
The cafe in Riverside Gardens is part of the Responsible Cafes campaign, where they offer a 50 cent discount for customers who bring their own coffee cup.
The cafe is taking part in a trial called GO2CUP, where reusable coffee cups are supplied, washed and redistributed to the cafe every day.
Ms Johnson said 80 per cent of customers used the GO2CUP option.
“Last year, I was introduced to Dan Grosso who was looking for trial sites for the GO2 cups,” she said.
“He comes from an engineering and sustainability background and had this idea, sort of how he could transform coffee wastage.
“That fitted with the people here at the park because they all wanted to look after the river in their natural environment too.”
Ms Johnson said she introduced sustainable coffee cup options, including compostable cups, because she did not want to create more waste.
“We always encourage people to bring their own cup, especially if they have their favourite cup which is nicer to drink out of,” she said.
“The waste in coffee cups is crazy… people do not realise that coffee cups are not made here and are shipped to Australia and they are driven across the country to us.
“Reusable cups offer savings all round in resources, money and landfill.”