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Reusable coffee cup discounts are not sustainable


Australia’s coffee culture is world-renowned, and rightly so. Recent years have seen a huge focus on sustainability and the environment – which is awesome and something we fully support at The Little Marionette – but who should be footing the bill for this in a low-margin industry?

I remember paying about $3 for a coffee in Balmain in 2000. Eighteen years down the track there has been less than 10 per cent growth in the price of coffee at many cafes while the cost of goods sold has increased about 400 per cent. The profit has been sucked out of the sector so it’s important that initiatives to reduce waste and increase sustainability reward the businesses adopting responsible practices.

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