Local cafes Between the Bars Cafe, Posto Cafe, Sol Natural Foods, NYC Bagel Deli, Wandering Cooks, and Grown are just some of the 226 cafes currently registered nationwide with sustainable community Responsible Cafes.

Created in 2013, Responsible Cafes is a national organisation whose sole purpose is to help reduce single use coffee cups which end up in landfill and connects thoughtful cafes with conscious consumers by offering an incentive to customers who bring their own cup. Responsible Cafes partners offer discounts for customers who bring in reusable coffee cups, and the Brisbane City Council area is leading the charge.

Operations Manager for Responsible Cafes Rachel Draper said it is consumers that are leading the push to discontinue the use of single use items. “We find cafes are responding to a demand from customers to move away from disposable coffee cups, because more people are realising how damaging they are to the environment,” Rachel said.

In the month of July, Responsible Cafes will join the popular Plastic Free July campaign and encourage its registered cafes to offer trash for treasure by filling up a bucket of rubbish in exchange for a hot drink. With 43 cafes currently on board for July, Responsible Cafes is encouraging coffee drinkers to challenge their local cafe to do the same. Responsible Cafes also helps customers find registered cafes by a searchable app and online map in their nominated area. Cafes qualify for the listing by offering at least a 20 cent discount per cup of coffee for a customer bringing their own reusable cups.

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