Shifting ‘On-the-go’ culture away from reliance on disposable coffee cups in ‘closed-loop environments using a reusable cup system
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Dissertation: Shifting ‘On-the-go’ culture away from reliance on disposable coffee cups in ‘closed-loop environments using a reusable cup system
Dissertation category: Campaigning & advocacy
Short summary: I aim to create a framework/toolkit based upon research of various reusable cup systems across the world, such as BorrowCup, Freiburg Cup and CupClub, which recommends the best ways to get the system kick-started in other areas and scaled up, while also comparing its viability to other "solutions" to the coffee cup crisis through CBA and LCA.
Detailed summary: Having worked as Communications Manager for BorrowCup (https://www.borrowcup.com) at Monash University in Melbourne, I have seen first-hand how both systems and cultural change can work to reduce reliance on single-use coffee cups. I am now interested in exploring various similar schemes in action across the world, to understand the adaptability and challenges faced in different environments such as universities, airports, train stations and town centres.
I also aim to compare the system's viability in comparison to other "solutions" to the coffee cup crisis such as compostable cups, 5p charge / discount.
I am potentially looking to trial this system at a university campus in the UK, or a coffee shop chain, or a community interested in taking part.
I hope this research can be used as a key source for coffee shop chains and communities to make the right decision and focus on changing culture on a large scale, while focusing on the most important part of the Waste Hierachy.
Course: BASc Global Sustainable Development, Politics and International Studies