The Responsible Cafés Program connects thoughtful cafés with conscious consumers by encouraging them to offer a discount to customers with reusable takeaway cups.

An unbelievable 1 billion takeaway cups and lids are landfilled or littered each year in Australia

Contrary to popular belief, they are poorly recyclable and only rarely composted due to inadequate industrial composting facilities and the difficulty of getting the cups/lids there.

So by passing on the cost of a cup and lid to customers, saving money and reducing waste at the same time, this not only incentivises customers to do the right thing but increases awareness of the issues surrounding single-use waste and nurtures a culture of reuse.

While many cafés are opting for a 30-50c discount, the amount of the discount is totally up to you - just write it in straight on the poster!

In association with environmental organisations Take 3, the Two Hands Project, Tangaroa Blue, Surfrider Foundation Australia, Positive Change for Marine Life, Transition Bondi, Transition Margaret River, Catfish Creative and more.

We provide a vintage-style poster (in A3, A4, or A5 sizes), an information sheet outlining the issue, and a video on the benefits of the program.

Responsible Cafés are jumping up all over Australia, see our map below!We'd love to have you on board!

If you or anyone you know owns a café, or if you would like to approach cafés in your area, let us know and we'll sort you out with everything you need. We will then publicise your commitment to reducing waste via social media and our website. We welcome donations to help us reach more cafés across Australia and continue this fast-growing movement.

Donations can be made via Paypal to:

Get in touch, join up, be the change!

Want our cool vintage-style poster for your cafe?


We happily provide posters informing customers of the discount and promote cafes who give a 30-50c discount to customers with reusable cups for takeaway coffee/tea and other sustainable practices that reduce waste, increase food security, and support local economies.

Check out the map above to find Responsible Cafés in your area.

Sign up, get your mark on our Responsible Cafés map, help reduce your mark on the planet!

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