Hutt City is signing up for a future of sustainability with eight new additions to the CupCycling scheme. CupCycling is a nationwide circular economy reusable cup swap model and was developed by IdealCup in 2017. Across the country, 98 cafes have adopted the CupCycling model—an estimated 150 cafés are expected by the end of the year.

The CupCycling scheme has produced quantifiable results, stating that just 23 of the 98 cafés have already saved 83,412 disposable cups from entering the national waste stream in two years.

“Our CupCycling model isn’t about promoting our IdealCup brand, nor is it about promoting individual café brands,” said Stephanie Fry, IdealCup co-owner. “It’s about everyone supporting a regional identity and working together, as a community, to make a significant dent in single-use waste to landfill by making a commitment to move away from the ‘disposable’ culture we have created.”

“CupCycling for restaurants and cafés is easy to set up, cost-effective, and it works. It gives customers and café owners a simple way to be involved in a truly positive, sustainable movement in their community and it saves the business money, due to less single-use items being purchased.”

The eight cafés that are launching the programme this week are Bellbird Eatery, Janus Bakkerij, Colab Café, Abode Café, Tutaki Café, Fellow Café, Café on Guthrie St, and Sweet Vanilla Kitchen.