Before you jump to conclusions, you should know that this is not their fault.
"While takeaway cups are convenient, including them in our compost prevents us from achieving Biogro certification and diminishes the value of the product we are trying to make. There are already some good alternatives to single-use cups, some of which WCC support via funding from our Waste Minimisation seed funding (e.g. Again Again). Like the phasing out of single-use plastic bags, this will take some time getting used to but will be worth the effort in the end".
One of these coffee cups is compostable, one is ‘biodegradable’ (which is a fancy word for it may break down eventually), and one is neither and just goes straight to landfill.
Can you tell which one is which?
It's not all doom and gloom though. Here are five ways you can support a more sustainable coffee culture.
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The Government wants to shift NZ from being a linear “take, make and waste” economy to a circular economy approach that closes the loop on waste production.
It is proposing a new framework for mandatory product stewardship.
And it wants to hear from you. Keep reading to find out how.