‘Beast and Bread’ whipping up cafe culture change in Wollongong

Wollongong sustainable coffee hotspot ‘Beast and Bread’ is making waves in cafe culture, both for coffee-lovers and the environment.

2RS Breakfast announcers Grace and Liam spoke to cafe owner Nick Ryan about how Beast and Bread is trying to create a more sustainable, environmentally-friendly cafe culture by cutting the number of non-recyclable coffee cups that end up in landfill waste from their coffee shop.

The cafe has recently introduced a BYO-coffee-cup discount that gives eco-conscious customers 50 cents off their drink.



It is estimated Australians use 1 billion disposable coffee cups each year. Biodegradable coffee cup manufacturer Biopak estimates up to 90 per cent of all disposable cups ended up in landfill!

(Even most ‘recyclable coffee cups’ have a thin plastic lining that mean they can’t be recycled and which damages the environment when these cups end up in landfill.)

That’s a lot of landfill from just coffee-drinkers.


The good news is, the number of re-usable coffee cups on the market is growing as many coffee-drinkers take steps to reduce cups ending up in landfill. For example, Beast and Bread’s customers are bringing in their own cups and enjoying the savings. Why not ask your local cafe if they are thinking of doing a similar discount?

And there’s no reason not to get yourself a re-usable coffee cup when they can be seriously stylish and turn you into an everyday superhero. Popular brands are Keep Cup and Joco, and now there are even smart cups that let you easily pay electronically for your coffee, like the ones by Frank!

Now, that’s one way to enjoy your latte with a lighter conscience!