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UC’s coffee change for good

Some of you may have noticed the UCSA cafes seems to have switched coffee suppliers. Out with Jailbreaker Roastery, and in with Common Good Coffee Roasters. But what you may not have realised… is it is still the same supplier, just rebranded! (which explains why it still tastes so delicious.)

Change is good. Same coffee, same people, new name, bigger story!

So why do we love Common Good Coffee so much?

  • It’s Fairtrade certified (and as a Fair Trade accredited university, we would drink no less)
  • It’s organic (no nasties)
  • It’s delicious (obviously)
  • Its roasted locally (just down the road at Addington Coffee Co-op in fact)
  • Plus, we know exactly where the beans come from (the Ethiopian Sidamo bean comes from Oromia Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative Union, with premiums from coffee exports returned directly to farmers, and also used to fund initiatives such as food security and organic farming programmes)
  • All Common Good’s profits are reinvested back into communities around the world (ok… tell us more)

Common Good Coffee Roasters is part of a bigger picture. MUCH bigger in fact. They are part of a wider business called Common Good, which acts as a vehicle to give consumers, producers and their communities the ability to make the changes in their lives that they wanted to see.

They began this journey 10 years ago, under the familiar names of Jailbreaker Coffee Roastery, Liminal Apparel, and Addington Coffee Co-op, roasting and making the delicious coffee you drink on campus, and also providing ethically made tee-shirts and bags. Over 1 million coffees, untold tons of coffee beans, and thousands of ethical tee’s and bags later, they were ready for the next step. Part of the business is now shifted and based in Kolkata, India, where the team behind your daily coffee has been creating jobs and employment for women in their communities, through their apparel and wristband business, now called Common Good Apparel.

Excited? Inspired? Still have questions? Check out Common Good, to see and learn more about how they are doing business for good. Or, follow them on Facebook and Instagram @commongoodcoffeenz.

So. It’s more than just your cup of morning coffee, but at the same time… It’s all about that cup of morning coffee. We are all part of a journey to make good a little more common. And we are proud to have them here at UC!

Catch Common Good at this year’s Fair Trade Fortnight! From the 3 – 16 August, UC Sustainability is holding talks, movie screenings, and a Fair Trade Fair on campus. Keep your eyes out on our Facebook page for more info!

BYO cups – save the planet (and your wallet)

It’s Plastic Free July, and the UC Sustainability Office wants to remind you of one of the easiest ways you can ditch single-use plastics in your life this month – by simply remembering to BYO cup for your hot drink!

Not only will you save up to 50c off your hot drink, you’ll be saving the planet, one coffee at a time. We like the sound of that! Don’t forget these discounts apply for the entire year, so if you’re not already, this is a great time to start.

All UCSA cafes offer 50c off your hot drink for a BYO cup, Cafe 101 and Reboot offer 20c off, and Ancestral offers 10% off (this includes their cold drinks, and the discount applies if you BYO container for takeaway food at Ancestral too!)

Plastic Free July is a great time to rethink the way we are using plastic in our every day lives – especially the types of plastic that we use once (sometimes for less than 20 minutes) and then throw away. These types of plastics are what we call ‘single-use’ plastics.  The problem? There is no ‘away’. These single-use plastics often aren’t recycleable, and so sit in landfill, without breaking down.

So this Plastic Free July we challenge you and your friends to ditch using them for good!

Try to quit using the ‘Top 4’, and opt for reusables instead:

  • Single use takeaway coffee cups – switch to a resuable one, or just bring any old mug from home!
  • Plastic bags – switch to reuseables, and carry a light mesh one in your bag so you’re always prepared.
  • Plastic single use drink bottles – find a reusable one, and carry it with you so you’re not caught out.
  • Plastic straws – just say no thanks!

If you want to take the challenge, you can sign up at Plastic Free July. You’ll receive resources and tips and tricks to going plastic free for the month of July, or longer!

No step is too small – let’s all work together to be part of the solution.

Keep your eyes out on campus for new posters advertising the BYO cup discounts, and more ways you can get involved during Plastic Free July.

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Heads up: Plastic Free July is just around the corner


A group of UC students are so passionate about reducing plastic waste that they are taking on the Plastic Free July challenge!

Plastic Free July is a worldwide charitable foundation that aims to raise awareness of the problems, dangers and amount of single-use disposable plastic in our lives, as well as challenges people to do something about it. Every year for the month of July, they challenge consumers to rethink their plastic consumption habits, and encourage us to use alternatives – think reusable coffee cups instead of single-use takeaway cups, and reusable bags over plastic ones.

If you aren’t already trying to minimise single use plastics in your life, this Plastic Free July is a great place to start! You can do the challenge for a day, a week or the whole month. You can try to refuse all single-use plastic or try ‘just’ the top 4: plastic bags, water bottles, takeaway coffee cups and straws.

So, what are we doing about raising awareness at UC? The Sustainability Office currently has nine wonderful Eco Volunteers who are going to be sharing some of their experiences and challenges during Plastic Free July!

Poppy, Juliet and George are planning to explore Christchurch and let us know their favourite spots for zero waste grocery shopping and other essentials. They also promise there will be lots of coffee involved (in reusable cups of course), so prepare for some café chat too!

Emily and Helena will also be blogging. Their focus is BYO (bring your own) reusable cups and containers. In what looks to be an eating and drinking crawl of Christchurch, Emily and Helena will be checking out where you can take your own containers for takeaway food and drinks, and where you can’t!

Finally: Jess, Jessica, Varvara and Helena are holding a DIY Zero Waste Essentials Workshop on Tuesday 24 July, from 12pm – 2pm in Undercroft 101. They will be showing off their sewing and DIY skills, and teaching you how to make your own produce bags, beeswax wraps (gladwrap is out!) and even face and body scrubs. And the best part – you get to take what you make home!

Keep your eyes on our Facebook page for the month of July for all the event information, and tips and tricks from our volunteers on going plastic free for the month (or, longer).

Are you keen to take on the Plastic Free July challenge too? You don’t have to go all out! You can choose to do it for a day, week or the whole month. Have a look on the website for ideas on how to get started (and no, you don’t need to sign up)!

If you’re interested in being involved in sharing your experiences during Plastic Free July, please contact the UC Sustainability Office, they would love to hear from you!

This message was brought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Connect with us through Facebook or Instagram. Or email us: sustainability@canterbury.ac.nz