HOW IT WORKS?
Nancy & Caroline
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 – in 2021 – for an average of 25,000 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. We are pleased to see so many other companies like ours growing in the world. Don’t forget: Reuse Wins!
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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 (BC CDC) has indicated to businesses that they may resume normal activities such as refilling reusable coffee mugs and water bottles, allowing reusable containers for takeaway and the use of reusable grocery bags. 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.” The BC CDC has also confirmed that COVID-19 transmission from handling reusable containers has not been documented.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
In addition, biodegradable and compostable plastic food ware is designed to be single-use and consumes significant resources and energy in production, just as conventional single-use plastic and paper does. Even if labelled as certified, these biodegradable and compostable plastic materials do not decompose as designed in our regional compost facilities. Most compostable plastics are screened out at regional composting facilities.
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.
• A $5 deposit to get your cup at partner locations
• Reuse. Share. Care.
• Disposable items are waste. Be the change.
• Join the movement ☕️🪴🙌
Nulla is located on the traditional lands of the Xwsepsum and Lekwungen ancestors and families.