Riverine Herald

Coffee’s finally going green

By Riverine Herald

MURRAY River Tea rooms is going green thanks to a generous donation from one local.

Kevin L’Huillier is a regular at the Meninya St café and decided to pitch an innovative approach to takeaway coffee — plant-based cups.

The cardboard cups feel just like any other, but they house something extraordinary — the ability to compost faster as they’re not made with petrochemicals.

While BYO cups have taken off, Kevin said he saw a need for a greater use of environmentally responsible single-use cups in cafes in the area.

“I raised it with a couple of other cafes in town and the Murray River Tea Rooms agreed,” he said.

“Hopefully this will be a way to seed the idea for a lot of other people in town.

“I’ve been interested in the environment for a number of years now and haven’t previously been able to be as active as I want to.”

Kevin said he recognised it may take a while for the initiative to catch on.

“These cups aren’t going to change the world, but if everyone does it we would see a change — it’s about what we can do now for 30 years down the track,” he said.

And because of his interest, the Murray River Tea Rooms now have a year’s supply of these cups.

Community Living and Respite Services chief executive Suzanna Barry said CLRS is grateful for Kevin’s contribution and to everyone who supports the organisation.

“Having people like Kevin support us is terrific for the tea rooms. We couldn’t operate without the support of locals, including people volunteering their time,” she said.

“This initiative fits in with our commitment to the Victorian Government’s TAKE2 program.”

As well as the cups, Murray River Tea Rooms is also upcycling old material for reusable fruit and veggie bags which are available for purchase.

“We also operate our Recyclability program where our clients are involved in a kerbside program. They collect donations of items for our Percy St op shop and the Murray River Tea Rooms,” Ms Barry said.

Murray River Tea Rooms will be operating on extended hours, open seven days a week through summer.