With plastic waste making headlines as citizens chose to drop their non recyclable rubbish off at the Dail last week, people all over Ireland have begun to think about ways they can reduce, reuse and recycle in their everyday lives.
One movement that has been making headway as of late is the Conscious Cup Campaign, which aims to discourage the use of disposable takeaway coffee cups by taking the following actions:
1. Encouraging individuals to switch to reusable cups
2. Persuading coffee shops to accept the reusable cups
2. Asking them to offer a reward (monetary discount or extra loyalty points / stamps) for customers with reusable cups
But what is the issue with takeaway coffee cups? Despite what you might think, takeaway cups are neither recyclable or compostable in Ireland. This means that approximately over 200 million takeaway cups are dumped in landfill or incinerated in Ireland each year.
With this in mind, Bray Tidy Towns have succeeded in signing two coffee shops up to the campaign - Maison Moli on Florence Road and Cafe Letterario on Albert Walk. North Wicklow Educate Together Secondary School students have also been busy on the campaign trail, with a number of Bray seafront cafes now in the process of signing up.
Are you a Bray cafe that would like to know more about Conscious Cups? Get in touch with us at email@example.com, we'd be delighted to chat with you.