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Nelson cafes ditch plastic and put surcharge on disposable cups

The Swedish Bakery and Cafe manager Lisa Richardson with some IdealCups.

Nelson’s Swedish Bakery and Cafe is joining other local businesses in an effort to be more sustainable, ditching plastic bags and putting a surcharge on disposable cups and containers.

Co-owner Bronwyn Eriksson said customers who didn’t bring in their own reusable container or cup for coffees, salads and soups would pay a 50 cent surcharge, which was donated to KidsCan.

“Most people want to do this, they don’t want a disposable cup every day,” she said.

“People who were coming in every day for their coffee, most of them have gone over now to bringing their own mug.”

The bakery started the extra charge in June, around the same time they changed their milk supplier to Oaklands, which uses glass bottles.

Credit: By Sara Meij from Stuff 

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