Leasing a New Life for Coffee Cups
Australia throws away 1 billion paper coffee cups a year. Despite being made from paper, they cannot be recycled the traditional way. Cubaya, meaning ‘cups’ in Ethiopia, aspires to recycle coffee cups, removing them from the environment.
Cubaya is working to develop specialised recycling bins that use gamification to change consumer behaviour and increase paper cup recycling. The cups collected are then shredded and mixed with concrete mix, creating decorative and functional items that can be sold at market stalls. The concrete traps the microplastic within, allowing them to be recreated into something reusable and sustainable, saving our natural environment.