Reuse Race

We are running the race again from 25th Feb to 24th March 2019 with greater incentives rewarded for greater usage of reusables (reusable takeaway cups or mugs). Participating outlets are Dreadnought University Cafe, Stockwell Street Cafe, Studio and Greengages Cafe’s at  Avery Hill (Mansion site), and the cafe’s in Pembroke, Drill hall and Pilkington (Medway).

Our target is to reach a 25% reuse rate for which our collaborating and participating students and staff will be rewarded with 50p off a hot drink.

The Reuse Race is an initiative we run at Greenwich that incentivises students and staff to use reusable hot drinks containers instead of single use disposables.

Originally created and developed by two of our graduates and delivered in February & March 2018 the initiative promotes collective behaviour – the more people buy hot drinks in reusable containers (ceramic mugs and ‘Keep Cups’) the bigger the discount. This project is a Finalist in the Green Gown Awards 2018 (Food & Drink category).

See what great results were achieved click on the info-graphic image below.


We will be running the Reuse Race again at our catering outlets  in November 2018.

The impact of this initiative is significant, is cost neutral and provides great positive engagement. This case study provides further information about the pilot.

The project can be easily replicated by other cafe’s and we will be producing a ‘How to’ guide shortly to help others develop their own projects. Email for information.

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