Inspired to create change and a more sustainable world, Coffee + cafe owner, Michelle Keen is blazing the trail as Tatura’s first cafe to ban plastic water bottles, straws and plastic lids.
After watching the ABC documentary War on Waste, Ms Keen was determined to make a change starting with her own business.
When news came out about China reducing the amount of recycling accepted from Australia, Ms Keen knew this was her time to act.
‘‘This news sadly means some of our recycling is ending up in landfill, stored in warehouses across the country or illegally dumped,’’ Ms Keen said.
‘‘I think this is just crazy.’’
Ms Keen took to the cafe’s facebook page to share her message and news of the plastic ban.
The post received an overwhelmingly positive response, shared by more than 1800 users.
‘‘I didn’t expect the post would do what it did,’’Ms Keen said.
‘‘It really shows you how many people are supportive of the idea to ban the bottle.’’
Coffee + is also the first cafe in Tatura to register with the responsible cafes website, offering customers who bring their own cup a 20 cent discount per coffee.
The cafe is also selling keep cups and using a sustainably sourced disposable coffee cup with one per cent of profits going towards rainforest protection.
‘‘It’s the best I can do,’’ Ms Keen said.
‘‘Ban the bottle, the less we can use, the better.’’
- Ashlea Witoslawski