Monique De Martin is making a difference by selling re-usable cups at her vegan cafe in Kingaroy.
Monique De Martin is making a difference by selling re-usable cups at her vegan cafe in Kingaroy. Madeline Grace

Cafe helps customers save planet one coffee at a time

DISPOSABLE coffee cups are estimated to be one of Australia's largest contributors to landfill waste, so it's fortunate Kingaroy's vegan cafe is now selling re-usable coffee cups for wholesale prices.

Kingaroy's Nourish Cafe and Smoothie Bar owner Monique De Martin is selling the re-usable cups (and other re-usable tidbits) in an effort to encourage more South Burnett residents to start caring about their carbon footprint.

Ms De Martin said she first got the idea after watching Netflix documentary, Plastic Ocean.

"After it finished I was sitting there crying and I thought, 'Well, what can I do?'” she said.

"It was really eye-opening and made me go, 'God, how am I contributing here? How much of my waste is killing our planet?'

"I can't force people to bring in their own re-usable cups and straws, but I thought what I can do is sell them here and encourage my customers to care more about their plastic usage.

"Then I thought, if I can get in cost-price products where I make no money from the sales, then maybe people will purchase the re-usable products.

"I just wanted to make it easy for people here to make better choices. It's just a habit that needs to be changed.

"I only have two customers who bring their own re-usable coffee cups and to me that's really sad.”

If you are wanting to place an order and purchase a re-usable coffee cup for wholesale price, contact the cafe on Facebook, or drop by in person.

"If enough people put in orders, then I will keep ordering them,” Ms De Martin said.

"It does cost me an extra amount for shipping because the products are coming from the Sunshine Coast, but I'm more than happy to pay that if it means more people in the South Burnett start regularly using re-usable products.”

Another reason to get behind the initiative is some cafes provide discounts if you take your own re-usable coffee cup.

Jamaica Blue in Kingaroy offers a 50-cent discount on coffee when customers take their own re-usable coffee cup.

Ms De Martin said she would start offering a discount after the arrival of her first order of re-usable products.

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