Change is brew­ing

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

A BEL­MONT café is spark­ing con­ver­sa­tion over cus­tomers’ cups of cof­fee.

F5 Cof­fee Co on Belvidere Street is one of a va­ri­ety of cafes across Perth of­fer­ing a dis­count for pa­trons bring­ing a re­us­able cup for their caf­feine boost.

Owner Kev Pi­etsch said the move to a 20c dis­count makes sense for his busi­ness.

“I think, with­out be­ing over the top and pushy, if there’s an ini­tia­tive for sup­port­ing some­thing sensible, then why wouldn’t we want to sup­port it?” he said.

“I would say that whether or not the en­vi­ron­ment’s be­ing saved, it makes sense to be clean… it makes sense to be not mak­ing rub­bish.”

The café has had the dis­count in place for some time, but Mr Pi­etsch said re­cent me­dia at­ten­tion to the amount of cof­fee cups end­ing up in land­fill has got peo­ple talk­ing.

He said along with re­us­able cups, the in­dus­try should be look­ing at other sus­tain­able, long-term so­lu­tions, and raised the is­sue of com­postable ver­sus biodegrad­able sin­gle-use cups.

“In Aus­tralia, vir­tu­ally no one has a com­mer­cial com­post­ing fa­cil­ity. And there­fore, the idea that we’re us­ing com­postable cups and pay­ing a pre­mium for a com­postable cup, it’s never get­ting com­posted. But it is biodegrad­able, so what does that mean com­pared to non­biodegrad­able cups?” he said. Mr Pi­etsch also said peo­ple should be look­ing at plas­tic pack­ag­ing on the milk used to make the cof­fee. “This hasn’t even been touched on yet,” he said.

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