For the Coffee Drinker

HOW MUCH DOES USING A GO2CUP COST ME, THE COFFEE DRINKER?

Absolutely nothing! In fact, you get an improved experience with a GO2CUP that is way more environmentally friendly at no extra cost. Our revenue comes from selling GO2CUPs to coffee shops and event organisers, just as they would usually buy single-use cups. So all you need to do is enjoy your coffee as always, and make sure you deposit your GO2CUP in a marked collection bin afterwards.

 

I’VE JUST FINISHED MY COFFEE, WHAT DO I DO WITH MY GO2CUP?

Find your closest marked collection bin and place it in there! A GO2CUP is a cup with a destination and that destination is a marked collection bin, not landfill or recycling. Marked collection bins can be found at all participating coffee shops. Better yet, if you want a collection bin at your workplace, then please contact us.

 

HOW DO I KNOW YOUR CUPS ARE SAFE?

Our business is based on bringing the best hygiene practices. Think about all the times you have drunk out of a washed cup at a pub or coffee shop - our service is much the same, except we are powering our dishwasher with renewable energy and offsetting our water use!

 

DO I NEED TO WASH MY GO2CUP?

Nope, just chuck it in a marked collection bin. We do the rest! We love improving environmental outcomes by washing your dishes. We aim to wash your cups for less water and energy than you can at home, so why not leave it to us?

 

I LIKE MY GO2CUP, WHAT IF I KEEP IT?

For the GO2CUP system to work, cups need to be returned on the day. Otherwise we can’t get the cups washed and returned to the coffee shop to offset those pesky single-use cups, and we can’t grow and do what we do best: change the way we think about waste, by solving the single use cup problem!

 

OOPS, I PUT A GO2 CUP IN THE WRONG BIN, WHAT DO I DO?

If GO2CUPs end up in landfill or recycling bins, then we have no control over their environmental impact. In fact, if too many GO2CUPs end up in landfill, the GO2CUP project ends up potentially being more environmentally harmful than using single-use cups! Ouch!

Don’t worry, we forgive you and know that you have learnt something about the way our waste system works. If you are inclined, please feel free to donate the cost of your cup to GO2CUP so we can continue to spread the waste reduction message!

 

YOUR CUPS ARE PLASTIC, ISN’T THAT BAD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT?

Ideally our cups would be produced locally from sustainably sourced materials, such as repurposed or recycled material that utilised 100% renewable energy. Our vision is that we will get there, but right now we are competing with very cheap single-use cups (sometimes they are less than 10 cents per cup!). So for now the plastic cups fulfill the criteria of holding your coffee and being able to be washed many, many times. This will offset the current inefficient system of using a cup once and then ending up in landfill.

 

WHAT ABOUT RECYCLABLE COFFEE CUPS? AREN’T THEY BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT?

Recycling is not the holy grail of sustainability. First the plastic must be transported across the world and then to recycle it takes energy that is most likely not produced from renewable sources. GO2CUPs can be used many times over many years and THEN they end up being recycled. Isn’t that a far better outcome?

Also, it is important to check that your single-use cup is recyclable! Many are not as they have too many different material types that can't be separated for recycling.

 

WHAT ABOUT BIODEGRADABLE CUPS? AREN’T THEY BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT?

We like to approach the biodegradable solution with caution. Unless a biodegradable product is sent to be reused as compost, it most likely ends up in landfill where it is of no use. Some biodegradable products need certain temperature and pressure conditions to biodegrade that can only be found in commercial composting facilities. On top of that, many biodegradable cups are transported a long way just to be used once. Ask your coffee shop where their biodegradable cups end up. If they don’t know then they are most likely ending up in landfill!