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Watch The Cup Project video here for a quick explanation and how-to!

The Cup Project brings together local cafes and schools as well as local and NZ-wide organisations. The project aims to reduce the amount of single-use takeaway coffee cups going to landfill from our Grey Lynn community.

During the challenging COVID-19 year of 2020, we managed to start the 8-week feasibility study on 1 July, launching into Plastic FREE July. Our awesome community  created reusable coffee cups made from recycled glass jars, wrapped in cup cozies or heatbands from a variety of recycled materials.

These little awesome creations were dubbed  “#KohaCup”.

Over 400 Koha Cups were made available in six local Grey Lynn cafés; (Ozone, Tart, Crumb, Bread & Butter, Urban Jungle and the Coffee Store at the Grey Lynn Farmers Market). The concept is for people to take their morning coffee away from one of the participating cafes in a #KohaCup and bring it back the next time. They swap out the used jar for a fresh one, and the used jar gets sterilized for future use. And(!) they get to hold on to their gorgeous handmade coffee cup sleeve and use it again! The #KohaCup comes at no extra charge with the kaupapa of supporting our community to move away from single use.

The feasibility study has now ended, however, #KohaCups are still available at Crumb and Tart, with huge success. Online resources will be made available for support groups all over Aotearoa who have contacted us and we will share our experiences with them and help them to set up their own Koha Cup project if they wish to.

The story of The Cup Project has been shared with participants and the wider community in online events and presentations.

A huge thank you to the Waitematā Local Board for their support on this project. Without them, it wouldn't have been the success that it has been.

#Refuse #Reuse #Recycle #Upcycle #notowastenz #takeawaythrowaways #KohaCup

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