Shoalwater cafe puts strong eco-friendly focus first and offers discount for people who use reusable cups

Pengo's staff member Cristina Hjalmarsson with keep-cups at the popular Shoalwater kiosk. Picture: Jon Hewson d470984
Pengo's staff member Cristina Hjalmarsson with keep-cups at the popular Shoalwater kiosk. Picture: Jon Hewson d470984

BRINGING your own coffee cups has become a popular activity for locals at Pengo’s Caf in Shoalwater over the past couple of weeks.

Pengo’s at Rockingham Wild Encounters is one of a fast-growing number of cafes that has been inspired by the recent ABC television series War on Waste.

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The cafe’s Aaron Heath said the company had a strong eco-friendly focus and was keen to encourage more people to buy a keep-me cup at the kiosk or bring their own, instead of using disposable cups.

He said customers could buy their own Pengo’s cups for $14.95, which includes their first coffee, or get a 50c discount on their regular brew.

“It’s really taken off, we’re really pleased with the response,” he said.

“There are more and more locals, particularly the dog walkers, who are walking around with Pengo’s keep cups.

“I’m really stoked to see that.”

Mr Heath said he would expect to see a reduction in the number of disposable cups that were sold.

“Under our lease we are a kiosk so we can only serve takeaway food which unfortunately means packaging,” he said.

“We’ve tried to make the packaging as environmentally friendly as we can and we are using the bio-cups thinking that they were compostable,” he said.

But after watching the War on Waste he realised that they too were ending up in landfill; he looked for a new alternative and seems to have found it with the keep-cup concept.

Meanwhile, keep-cups are also gaining popularity in Kwinana with several cafes, including Caffissimo, BP Wild Bean, McDonald’s and Dome, offering discounts.

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