Cafe keen to reduce cup landfill
A Denmark cafe has joined a nationwide movement to minimise the amount of disposable coffee cups thrown into landfill.
Chilli Lime and Salt Cafe owner, Monika Bennie said she joined the Responsible Cafes movement to encourage her customers to bring their own cup.
She also invited a local environment group to put their educational art piece outside her cafe to remind everyone how much coffee cups the local community dispose of in a day.
“Freddo Finn fish is an educational art piece that was previously filled with plastic shopping bags for 12 months but now it has a gut full of disposable cups to encourage folks to consider alternative options,” she said.
“Based on the statistic that one billion disposable cups are used every year in Australia, Freddo Finn shows the amount of coffee cups we used in Denmark in one day, which is a total of 547 cups.”
Ms Bennie said the fish statue had attracted different responses.
One of the conversations she had was for Shire to provide Denmark residents with their own disposable coffee cups bins, to make it easier for the cups to be recycled.
According to the Responsible Cafes website, more than three billion takeaway cups in Australia are thrown every year and most were never recycled because of inadequate industrial composting facilities.
Ms Bennie said her cafe would no longer sell coffees in disposable coffee cups starting from next year.
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