Kilkenny coffee lovers urged to expresso support for reusable cups
A new campaign has been launched to encourage Kilkenny coffee lovers to use reusable cups.
Several businesses have joined the Conscious Cup campaign, which was launched by Kilkenny Mayor, Cllr Andrew McGuinness at the Market Cross Shopping Centre this week.
Cllr McGuinness said: “It’s great to see the range of premises that are already registered on the Conscious Cup Map from big multinationals to the smaller local shops like the Little Green Grocer on Parliament Street who also sells a range of different type of reusable cups. As Christmas approaches, I’d encourage everyone to consider purchasing a reusable cup locally for a friend and let’s give this initiative a helping hand.”
Market Cross Shopping Centre general manager Lesley Cleere added: “On hearing about the Conscious Cup Campaign information session last September hosted by Kilkenny County Council, I enquired with the outlets here if they could come on board with the initiative and I was delighted to hear that the Insomnia group were already participating and the Kilkenny Café and House of Pretzels jumped on board straight away. I am delighted to champion this initiative as if we provide the option and make reusing more attractive for our shoppers, we hope that more and more reusable cups will be presented, decreasing the number of single use disposable cups used by each coffee shop in the centre.”
The Conscious Cup has also been backed by the Kilkenny Lions Club. Tony Joyce of the Lions Club said: “A simple action like bringing a re-usable cup for a take away coffee, is a simple climate action that promotes sustainability and encompasses many of the UN Sustainable Development Goals which is the foundation stone of the Kilkenny Lions Club Green Charter.”
Pat Boyd of Keep Kilkenny Beautiful added: “This campaign presents a simple first step on how you can be more sustainable in day to day life. Our city is known for its litter free reputation and any initiative that decreases the number of disposable cups dropping into our litter bins would be fantastic. They are very bulky and can fill litter bins very quickly. Using a disposable cup for one drink is a waste of resources. I would love to see more reusable cups being used in Kilkenny.”
For more information, visit: www.consciouscup.ie.
PHOTO CAPTION: From left, Tony Joyce (Lions Club), Lesley Cleere (Market Cross Shopping Centre Manager), Mayor Andrew McGuinness and Pat Boyd (Chairperson KKB). Pic – Vicky Comerford