Cup Project


The Cup Project is bringing together Grey Lynn locals, who share concerns about the environment and their future, in a unique community venture which aims to reduce waste going to landfill. To make this a true village experience, Grey Lynn 2030 Waste Away is collaborating with participating cafés and local schools, sustainable businesses and several Auckland-wide organisations.

In order to measure the impact of this community venture, the Cup Project is framed within an 8-week feasibility study and will include a report for other communities to use should they wish to replica this initiative.

Engagement with the community embraces the philosophy of the Gift Economy, where people who are concerned about waste and the climate emergency offer their skills and resources to create a desirable object. This offers café customers the option to refuse  a single-use cup, and instead choose an attractive environmentally friendly Koha Cup for free.

The Cup Project presents the opportunity to demonstrate how partnerships between businesses and community organisations can result in the development of healthy, resilient communities. The underlying principles of the Cup Project are building neighbourhood and generating environmental and social awareness by creating a beautiful, environmentally sound product to use every day, deserving of respect and care by the recipient of the free, gifted Koha Cup. This in turn will invite respect for the maker and increase awareness of one’s actions, and their broader environmental and social impact, encouraging collective action.

It can be as easy as having a conversation over a cup of coffee about how to creatively eliminate single-use items from our lives, live more sustainably, and take action in the face of the climate emergency.

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