Our services

Coffee Cups

Easy, convenient reusable service. You take a cup, pay a $5 deposit fee and enjoy! Thank you to our amazing partners all around Victoria who offer our service.

Containers

Our next dream is to introduce a reusable take-out container service in the city. Get your lunch to go, enjoy it and take back the container. Easy and sustainable!

Events & Community

We believe that Nulla cups should be available at your favorite festivals, at the hotel where you are staying, at the cruise ship terminal for visitors. Please connect with us to share ideas!

HOW IT WORKS?

Step 1

Visit a partner coffee shop and ask for your Nulla cup . Pay a $5 refundable deposit.

Step 2

Enjoy your drink to go or to stay! Feel good about reducing waste.

Step 3

Reuse your Nulla cup, get a freshly cleaned one at any partner location or return it to get a refund. Share your experience online using #nullavictoria!

ABOUT US

Nancy & Caroline

Co-Founders

Every great dream begins with a dreamer – Harriet Tubman

Nulla means Zero or Nothing in latin.

Did you know 50% of the garbage in major Canadian cities are single-use cups? And that Victorians are responsible for an average of 13,000 discarded single-use cups per day?

Caroline & Nancy had an idea in 2018 to start a reusable service with coffee cups and containers in our lovely city, Victoria BC. We had the opportunity to participate in Synergy Sustainability’s Project Zero Incubator Program in 2019 and start our venture. We want people to have a green and convenient option when they order to-go drinks or food.

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Meetings in Progress
Coffee Shops we wish to partner with
Happy Customers

What Community partners say

Surfrider Foundation Vancouver Island is stoked on this project. Each year up to 15,000 coffee cups are collected off of Canadian shorelines and locally remain one of the top items we collect off our local beaches every month. So we know first hand that this initiative will make a direct impact for good! Thank you Nulla for bringing this project to Victoria!

Chris-Ann Lake
Chapter Manager Surfrider VI

We are so excited for the Nulla project to take flight!! A reusable cup and container program is exactly what Victoria needs to
drastically reduce the amount of single-use waste in our city. The vision and leadership Nulla is demonstrating is a beautiful example of what can be
done to to protect our environment and change consumer behaviours, one container at a time!

Paula & Nairn
Owners - Zero Waste Emporium

The Om Work Project was so happy to have Nancy and Caroline from The Nulla Project at our fundraiser in December. The team was so easy to connect and plan with prior to our event, especially being a new business! Nancy and Caroline participated in our event and provided a great experience for our guests, teaching them about their amazing sustainable business. Our guests loved the option of using a reusable cup for their beverage and we were so happy to have a waste-free event. We look forward to collaborating again with them for our future events!

Nicole Sampson
The Om Work Project

FAQ

WHERE CAN I RETURN MY CUP?

Cups can be returned to any participating Nulla Project partners in exchange of a clean cup, $5 or a token (only at certain locations). Find the map under the  “Network” section of our website.

CAN I KEEP MY CUP?

Yes, you can keep your cup! We do encourage all customers to keep cups in circulation. They are durable and will last for 300 uses on average.

Can I still use my Nulla Cup during the pandemic?

 

Yes! The BC Centre for Disease Control has given the thumbs-up for reusable containers and cups in restaurants and cafes. They say as long as the establishments are implementing safe cleaning and sanitizing schedules there is very little chance of virus contamination. Reusable cups are a great way to participate in the circular economy, reducing your carbon footprint and helping eliminate single-use items and plastics. Read the World Health Organization’s recommendations for food consumers here, and note their finding that “the most important thing to know about coronavirus on surfaces is that they can easily be cleaned with common household disinfectants that will kill the virus.”

WHAT ARE THE CUPS MADE OF?

Nulla cups are made of reusable and recyclable polypropylene. They are double-all insulated cups to protect your fingers from heat, BPA free and dishwasher safe.

ARE DAMAGED OR INCOMPLETE CUPS REFUNDABLE?

Damaged or incomplete cups will not be eligible for a refund. You can contact us directly at info@thenullaproject.ca to return your damaged or incomplete cups. We will ensure they are repurposed or recycled at the end of life. 

WHERE DO THEY COME FROM?

Despite our very best efforts, we were unable to source a local manufacturer at this time, but we are working on it. Our cups are manufactured in North America in a unionized factory, which is top tier of ethical sourcing. They were sourced by a Vancouver B Corporation company.

WHY ARE NULLA CUPS THE BEST OPTION?

Nulla cups are reusable, durable and easily recyclable at end of their life. They can be reused 300-400 times on average. That’s a lot better than single-use cups which are often not recycled and have an average lifespan of 13 minutes!

With the Nulla cup program, you can feel great about reducing waste without having to worry about remembering to bring your travel mug or even cleaning it.