University of Queensland reduces single-use plastics

University of Queensland cafes introduce reusable cup scheme.

Green Caffeen, has launched a partnership with The University of Queensland (UQ) as part of UQ Unwrapped, an on-campus program run by The UQ Sustainability Team to reduce single-use plastics on campus.

Damien Clarke, Green Caffeen, said the swap and go coffee cup scheme is building on the University of Queensland’s existing BYO coffee cup culture by presenting a more practical alternative.

More than a billion disposable cups are thrown away each year in Australia. Many of these end up in the sea, polluting the ecosystem and destroying marine life.

“Only 8 per cent of takeaway coffee cups are recycled and around 2.7 million go to landfill in Australia each and every day. By making a ‘greenvenient’ way to take away, our swap and go cup system makes it hassle-free to tell waste where to go,” Clarke said.

This week will see the first of many Brisbane cafes roll out Green Caffeen along with all 15 cafes at the University of Queensland’s St Lucia Campus in Brisbane.

“It’s exciting for us to be working with forward thinking, innovative communities who realise that the single use coffee cup culture is not sustainable and that a culture of reuse will allow us all to be caffeinated on the go, without the impact on the planet.”

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