Earlier this year, Caffeine magazine published an article stating that London alone creates about 200,000 tonnes of spent coffee grounds each year – the vast majority of which ends up in a landfill. In 2015, KeepCup are teaming up with Minor Figures Cold Brew to launch their recycled coffee soap.
KeepCup and Minor Figures share a connection. Minor Figures founder, Stuart Forsyth, is the brother of KeepCup founders, Abigail and Jamie. The two companies share a similar reuse and sustainability ethos and commitment to supplying environmentally friendly products.
“Minor Figures use only the best single origin coffee available and we brew in very large batches. It seemed like there might be a better second life for this coffee” said Stuart.
Minor Figures has created two environmentally friendly products – a ‘Coffee Soap’ and a ‘Coffee Scrub’. Both are handmade with an olive oil base and a careful balance of essential oils & spent coffee; designed to invigorate and exfoliate the skin. Both products are SLS free.
Between May 11th and June 30th, the Minor Figures Coffee Soap can be purchased from www.keepcup.com.
“KeepCup is delighted to feature another sustainably focused product that speaks to our family connections, sustainability focus and love of the coffee industry” said Abigail.
For every soap or scrub purchased Minor Figure’s donate 10p (20c AUD) to Allegra Foundation’s Project Waterfall. Allegra Foundation is a charity committed to increasing access to clean water: “90% of coffee is grown in developing countries, where 60% of people don’t have access to clean water.
In 2009, Abigail and Jamie Forsyth kick started a behavioural change in Melbourne which has spread worldwide. KeepCup is now global, with offices in Melbourne, LA and London and support from distributors in 32 countries worldwide. The environmental footprint of our products has always been important to us, and we are committed to local manufacture where possible. Sustainability is at the heart of the business and we’re always looking for new ways to make the coffee industry more sustainable.
About Minor Figures
Stuart Forsyth; brother of Abigail and Jamie, began Minor Figures Cold Brew in London with partners Jonathan Chiu and Will Rixon in 2014. Minor Figures use only the best single origin coffee available. Cold brewing is the gentlest extraction method, which is the reason the drink is smoother and sweeter to taste.
Although still relatively new to the market, Minor Figures cold brew can now be found in Selfridges London, amongst other popular cafes and retailers.
Minor Figures Stockist enquiries UK – Stuart Forsyth | firstname.lastname@example.org
Minor Figures stockist enquiries Australia – Jonathan Chiu | email@example.com
Allegra and Project waterfall - Rebecca Hodgson | 0207 691 8821 | firstname.lastname@example.org
KeepCup - Adam Katsonis | +61384171100 | email@example.com
Thanks to your support of our business and our brand, in 2014 we gave $40,000 USD to Coffee Kids to carry out their Strengthening Family Food Security project in Honduras. This program has been running since 2011 and acts to support women and their families in Honduras.
Honduras is the poorest country in Central America, there are many single parent families, 58% of the rural population suffers malnutrition. The program focused on 60 women in rural areas who, between them, care for over 200 people. These women have to provide role of caretaker and breadwinner, a challenging task given their limited resources.
Our donation created sixty small scale family vegetable gardens complete with drip irrigation systems to support these families. Over the course of the year, these women were then trained and mentored in garden management, irrigation, nutrition and planning. It is hoped that in the future the women will be able to sell extra produce to provide income for their families.
It’s a terrific achievement made possible thanks by the brilliant support we have received from our customers and KeepCup users.
We are reminded of the words of the late Wangari Maathai
"Recognizing that sustainable development, democracy and peace are indivisible, is an idea whose time has come"
Well done. Reusers, we salute you.
KeepCup the business, started in 2008 in a Melbourne Café as a simple idea; keep it and use it again. KeepCup designed and manufactured the world’s first barista standard reusable cup, and since then have helped people enjoy better coffee on the go and cut down the number of disposable cups entering the waste stream.
However, achievements in reducing disposable cup waste over the past six years have been difficult to quantify – how do you measure the impact of NOT doing something?
Moreover the impact is not being made by the business, but by KeepCup users.
So, with the help of Studio Thick, KeepCup have created Reuse HQ.
Individuals can now visit reusehq.keepcup.com and pledge their reuse undertaking. Reuse HQ aggregates the results across organisations and countries to provide a snapshot of collective action. The impact of reuse from user submitted data – in energy, disposable cups, and landfill.
Reuse HQ helps KeepCup customers and end users measure their impact, and engages and incentivises them to keep up the good work. KeepCup has designed an implementation program to support Reuse HQ within organizations and drive reuse. It’s another opportunity for KeepCup to demonstrate commitment to our core mission – reducing disposable cup waste.
“For some time we have struggled with a way to quantify the collective action of KeepCup users. It’s a project that has been dear to me and I hope it provides inspiration and encouragement that, however small, action counts”
said Abigail Forsyth, KeepCup CEO.
For each sign up in December, KeepCup will donate $5 to their charity partner, Coffee Kids. KeepCup aim to donate $40,000 to COMUCAP’s Strengthening Family Food Security project before January 1st 2015.
Visit reusehq.keepcup.com and join the revolution today.
For further information or a KeepCup media kit please contact:
Adam Katsonis – Brand Manager
Phone: 613 8417 1100
KeepCup started with a problem in a café – too many disposable cups. Every minute around the world over one million disposable cups are discarded to landfill. Existing reusables were too large to fit under the group heads of the machine and were at best utilitarian in appearance.
With no options available to resell, we saw the opportunity to design and make our own. We designed and manufactured the first barista standard reusable cup.
Since June 2009 we have sold over three million KeepCups, and users have diverted billions of disposable cups from landfill. KeepCups are now sold in 32 countries around the world.
KeepCup has offices and production hubs in Australia, the UK and US and is supported by 25 global distribution partners.
Many small acts will make a phenomenal difference.
KeepCup have earned certification as a B Corporation. An acknowledgment of the company’s commitment to social and environmental ethics, transparency and accountability.
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KeepCup are really proud to join this group of companies. It’s great to be amongst like-minded organizations and strive to improve what we do not just for ourselves, but for our people and the planet.
It's independent and transparent evidence that we are the sort of organization we say we are.
Feel Good. Do Good.
Inventive and light hearted. A colourful approach. Enjoy your coffee in your own measure and in your own style. The world’s first barista standard reusable cup now brings you the KeepCup Alchemy colour series. The same great KeepCup Original, with a new on-trend colour range.
Alchemy is a name that speaks to the magical properties of our favourite drinks, our favourite cafes and our favourite cups. It’s a philosophical and practical tradition that transfers across many cultures. Key goals of the alchemist include finding the philosophers stone – turning lead into gold and finding the elixir of life; of which for many of us is the perfect coffee.
Find your elixir within one of the 10 new KeepCup colours from the new Alchemy range.
With names like Opus, Magic and Potion, the Brew Alchemy colour series names all relate to the metals and materials used by alchemists. The Original Alchemy colour series take their names from famous alchemists such as Khidr, Pandora and Hermes.
First released on the KeepCup Brew in April, and now available for KeepCup Original is the new and improved lid. The new lid is one of the most technically difficult achievements of the current KeepCup product. The design needed to address a secure fit on both Glass and Polypropolene as well as having the ability to be retrofitted to existing KeepCups ; thus keeping with our sustainability mandate.
Features and benefits
- New improved lid and plug
- Improved lid and plug for a secure seal to the cup
- Larger drinking hole to enhance your experience of the aroma of your beverage
- Improved splash proof seal
- Polypropylene lid and cup, BPA free and 100% recyclable
- Lightweight, unbreakable
- Hard lid for ease of use and drinking pleasure
- Plug covers mouthpiece when not in use
Click here to see the new KeepCup Alchemy range and buy online.