Grey Lynn kicks off Plastic FREE July with The Cup Project!

This year, local sustainability heroes Grey Lynn 2030 Waste Away will take Plastic Free July to the next level with the exciting launch of The Koha Cup Project.

Used glass jars have been collected, and together with our wonderful local schools, teachers, parents and volunteers, heat-bands/cup-cozies have been sewn to go around them, upcycling wannabe trash into unique, individual #KohaCups. These will be offered as takeaway coffee cup alternatives in five local Grey Lynn cafes from 1 July. All you need to do is bring your jar back and the café will commercially wash it, and you get to hold onto your very own, handmade heat-band!

The project was originally scheduled for March, however, due to COVID-19 the launch was postponed. With the crisis now behind us, Grey Lynn 2030 Waste Away is thrilled to report that the interest and involvement from the community to get the project back up and running has been outstanding. Lockdown didn’t stop enthusiasm for the #KohaCup project. Many of our locals have crafted more cup heat-bands as part of their creative pastime, and once back at school, students have also joined in. The group is also spurred along by the cafés rigor to get back on board, with even one more café joining the cause.

Want to get involved? It’s easy for everyone to participate and help make a difference in our community by reducing pollution and waste to landfill:

Jars can be donated at Richmond Road Countdown (in the designated trolley/ box), the Grey Lynn Library, or the Grey Lynn Farmers Market. For information on accepted jar sizes, how to remove the labels and updates on the #KohaCup Project, visit our Facebook page

To volunteer or find out more information email

Participating Grey Lynn cafés include: Bread & Butter Bakery and Café, Crumb, Tart Bakery, Urban Jungle Café, and The Coffee Store at the Grey Lynn Farmers Market. Support the Plastic Free July movement and your community by getting your #KohaCup from 1 July!

Schedule of the #KohaCup cycle tour on launch date, 1 July

09:30 am Bread & Butter Bakery and Cafe - 34 Westmoreland Street

10:00 am Crumb - 37 Ariki Street

10:15 am Tart Bakery - 555 Great North Road

10:30 am Urban Jungle Cafe - 575 Great North Road

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Western Springs Collage students who created many of the #KohaCups will be delivering them to participating cafés on a bicycle tour on 1 July.