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Green Caffeen has Launched In Cairns with big things to come...

Cairns, Australia, 27th July, 2020 – Swap and go coffee cup scheme, Green Caffeen, has launched thanks to Blackbird Espresso Speciality Coffee last week tackling the war on single use waste head on with the intent to make it easier for locals to enjoy a takeaway coffee, without the eco-guilt. The first round of cafes launched last week with a huge amount of local interest across Cairns, Port Douglas, Ingham and surrounding suburbs.

Green Caffeen’s reusable cup scheme makes being eco-friendly a simple choice for coffee drinkers. Consumers simply need to download the Green Caffeen app and sign up, then get your reusable cup from a participating café. Enjoy your cup of coffee, then return the cup to any Green Caffeen café. And as long as you return the cup within 30 days, it’s completely free to use. The scheme is also free for participating cafes. With over 17,000 people using it in over 500 cafés Australia-wide, Green Caffeen is the largest  reusable system anywhere in the country.

“We’ve been in discussions with a number of cafes across the region, as well as local Plastic Free organisations - Plastic Free Cairns to implement our system, but when local Eco Legends Troy from Blackbird Espresso Speciality Coffee put their hand up to lead the first round roll out with us we flicked the switch and have made it happen. The Green Caffeen reusable cups make it easy to choose the eco-friendly option without sacrificing convenience,” says Damien Clarke, Co-founder, Green Caffeen.

Over a billion disposable cups are thrown away each year in Australia. Many of these end up in the sea, polluting the ecosystem and destroying marine life. Changing our takeaway coffee habits is one simple step that can have a big impact.

Damien continues, “Green Caffeen saves cafes the cost of single use packaging as well as saving the environment, so it’s a real no-brainer for them to jump on board. Green Caffeen was deliberately designed with cafes in mind to help reduce environmental footprint and increase their bottom line – that’s the secret to our success.”


With the average takeaway customer consuming 500 cups per year, that’s 7.5kg of unnecessary single use rubbish but also an average saving of $72 per customer that can be avoided with Green Caffeen’s simple swap and go system.

The Green Caffeen roll-out is part of a broader campaign across the country , encouraging residents to adopt reusable alternatives to everyday disposable items. The Cairns region now joins other government organisations including ACT Government, Inner West Council, Wollongong City, Kiama, Port Macquarie Hastings in bringing a cost saving and waste reducing initiative to local businesses and consumers with discussion well underway with Cairns Regional Council to help expand the impressive work from Blackbird Espresso Speciality Coffee and the other early adopters. 

The following Cafes have are now live and ready (Whileaway Bookshop- Port Douglas, Sprout Juice & Coffee Bar - Karunda, Cafe Yorkeys- Yorkeys Knob, The Palms - Aeroglen, Blackbird Warehouse - Bungalow, Blackbird Laneway - Cairns, White Whale Coffee Roasters - Cairns, Aqua Cafe - Cairns Lagoon)

Green Caffeen is launching across the Cairns region and has been swamped with Cairns based cafes looking to join since the first round launch. Cafes that have not already signed up can do so at https://greencaffeen.com.au/cafe-join/ 

Coffee drinkers can find participating Green Caffeen café’s at https://greencaffeen.com.au/cafe-finder 

How it works:

• Download the Green Caffeen app and sign up with your details

• Scan a reusable cup at a participating café

• Sip your lovely hot cup of coffee and feel the life force flow through you

• Return to any participating café within 30 days (if you can’t return it within 30 days, you’ll incur a $12.99 fee to make sure there’s plenty of cups in the system for everyone to use)

• Repeat, repeat, repeat

Key statistics

• Over one billion disposable coffee cups are thrown away in Australia each year

• Currently only 3% of disposable coffee cups are recycled

• Green Caffeen cups are made in Australia from recycled material

• Cups are made from a blend of food grade, BPA-free recycled material all designed, sourced and manufactured in Australia

• 355,000 cups of coffee have been enjoyed in Green Caffeen cups, saving over 3500 bins worth of rubbish from landfill, local waterways or the ocean

• Over 17,000 consumers signed up and using  Green Caffeen 

About Green Caffeen

Created by two Aussie mates, Green Caffeen is a free reusable café cup system making it easy for coffee lovers to grab and go, while staying green. Users simply need to download the Green Caffeen app at participating cafes, get their cup of coffee to go, and then drop the cup back to any Green Caffeen café within 30 days. With participating cafes nationwide, it’s the easy way to get a takeaway coffee without the nasty waste. 


For more information or to arrange an interview:

Damien Clarke Troy Furner

Founder Blackbird Espresso Specialty Coffee Cairns

P: 0402 036 300 p:0424 662 706