GIVING YOUR USED COFFEE CUPS A NEW LEASE ON LIFE
Australia throws away 1 billion paper coffee cups a year. Despite being made from paper, they cannot be recycled in traditional ways when you put them in a regular recycling bin at your local shopping centre. Cubaya, meaning ‘cups’ in Ethiopian, aspires to recycle coffee cups by integrating them into new products which helps remove them from the natural environment.
Cubaya is working to develop a specialised recycling bin that uses an interactive screen to change consumer behaviour to increase paper cup recycling. The non-recyclable cups collected are then shredded and mixed with concrete mix, to creating modern and functional household items that can be sold locally. The concrete product traps the micro-plastics within itself turning the piece of waste into a reusable and sustainable item, helping us in our goal of saving our natural environment.