A guide to cafés do­ing it right

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So­cial en­ter­prise UYOC (Use Your Own Cup) – pro­nounced “you-yok” is an on­line guide of re­spon­si­ble cafes around New Zealand who ac­tively wel­come cus­tomers to use their own cups. Cafés pay $1 a day to be listed on the site and all prof­its are dis­trib­uted to New Zealand NGOs and reg­is­tered char­i­ties who are work­ing to de­fend the nat­u­ral world and al­le­vi­ate suf­fer­ing. With UYOC you can find cafés that sell re­us­able cups, will dis­count your take out if you ‘use your own cup’, will re­fill your wa­ter bot­tle, don’t serve plas­tic straws, have free wifi, serve ve­gan op­tions, gluten-free and or­ganic food, wel­come breast­feed­ing moth­ers, pour eth­i­cally sourced cof­fee, re­spon­si­bly process their food waste, and wel­come pets. UYOC founder Laura Cope, who hails from Dunedin, says they are work­ing to­wards a cup swap sys­tem aka mug li­brary na­tion­ally that pro­vides a con­ve­nient so­lu­tion for cus­tomers who love to use their Keep Cups, but for­get them or for­get to wash them. UYOC has also been se­lected as one of three fi­nal­ists in the Most Sus­tain­able Busi­ness Pro­ject cat­e­gory of the Beau­ti­ful Awards.

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