It’s no news that West End is one Brisbane's most eco-friendly and committed-to-sustainability suburbs—but you'll still be mighty impressed by the smart coffee cup initiative the inner city 'burb has just adopted. If you haven’t heard of the swap-and-go coffee cup scheme Green Caffeen, then here’s the low down.
Green Caffeen is basically an epic reusable cup system that aims to change your takeaway habits to massively reduce the waste of coffee cups by encouraging you to bring back your cup to your go-to coffee joint. It’s backed by a heap of cafes around West End, and all you need to do is download the Green Caffeen app which allows you to score a free cup (at participating cafes) so you can sip your takeaway coffee with a completely free conscience, no need to remember your keep cup. You don't even need to wash it before you bring it back—just leave it in the cafe's contactless drop zone, then go order yourself another coffee.
The (minor) plot twist is that so long as you drop it back to any Green Cafeen cafe within 30 days, the reusable cup is completely free of charge but if you can’t, there’s a $12.99 fee (just so these guys can make sure they have enough cups to go around). You can have two cups at once though, just in case you forget and leave your first cup at home/work.
A heap of cafes have signed up to Green Caffeen’s reusable scheme, including Plenty, Sol Bakery & Cafe, The Gun Shot Cafe and Morning After (you can check out the full list of participating cafes here) and we’re thinking the rest of Brisbane needs to get around this one.
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