WA becomes the first Aussie state to ban coffee cups

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Greener

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October 4, 2022

Rejoice, our eco-friendly coffee lovers, for Western Australia will become the first Aussie state to ban takeaway coffee cups. That’s a see ya later to plastic-lined coffee cups and lids!

Under the McGowan government, the new second-stage ban will also see small plastic produce bags in supermarkets, most cotton buds and polystyrene cups scrapped. 

The point of the new packaging is to promote the “circular economy” for plastic packaging waste.

For instance, one takeaway coffee cup produces 60g of carbon, which means if you bring a reusable glass cup to your local cafe, you could save up to 21kg of carbon/year, and many cafes offer BYO discounts so you can save in your pocket too! What better time than now to buy yourself a keep cup and offset it in as little as 15 uses. Take a look at more great sustainable options from our partners T2Huskee Cups.

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And as for coffee shops, they’ll have between six and 18 months to either replace the plastic-lined cups with paperboard-lined ones (and plastic lids with bagasse or cardboard) or risk a fine of $5000 per transgression. For the sake of the planet!

Our new partner Paul Zahra, Chief executive of the Australian Retailers Association (ARA), said the Australian retail industry is committed to being a part of the greener solution, noting single-use plastic’s “devastating impact on our natural environment, and particularly the health of marine life”.

We've been busy co-designing a digital solution called Greener Business in partnership with the ARA, to help educate and support small businesses on the journey to reduce their carbon footprint and waste.

Stay tuned for more!

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