Choose to reuse

15 Jul 2019

Members of UQ Unwrapped are demanding more reusable options on campus. They have spoken and we have listened. Starting on 7 August, UQ Sustainability will be launching it’s Choose to Reuse Campaign and will be launching, Green Caffeen, Australia’s first swap & go reusable coffee cup program.

Here’s how it works:

1. Download the Green Caffeen app and sign up to be a member for free.

2. Buy a coffee and get your free Green Caffeen reusable coffee cup.

3. You can take your cup away to drink it at your leisure — at your desk, sitting by UQ Lakes, on the way to the bus.

4. Drop your cup back to any Green Caffeen participating café within 30 days.

5. Get a clean cup with your next coffee in it.

6. If you can’t return your cup within 30 days, you will be charged a fee of $12.99 so that Green Caffeen can make sure there are enough cups to go around.

In Australia, over 1.2 billion disposable coffee cups are used each year, 90% of which end up in landfill or littering the streets. Paper coffee cups are lined with plastic to make them waterproof. Although the paper outside will breakdown, the plastic inner won’t. Green Caffeen state that to recycle them, these cups must be sent to a specialist recycling facility that is costly and complicated. Consequently, in Australia, only 8% of disposable coffee cups are recycled. This equates to 2.7 million coffee cups in Australia going to land fill each day.

Our Choose to Reuse campaign wants to make it irresistibly easy to ditch disposable cups. Keep your eye out in Campbell Place 7–9 August where UQ Unwrapped will be encouraging you to sign up. We will release a list of all participating UQ venues in the coming weeks.

Not a member of UQ Unwrapped? Join the Facebook group today.