COLES JOIN SIMPLY CUPS TO RECYCLE COFFEE CUPS AT SUSTAINABILITY CONCEPT STORE

COLES TRIAL SIMPLY CUPS AT SUSTAINABILITY CONCEPT STORE

Coles is now trialling coffee cup recycling via Simply Cups at their new sustainable supermarket in Moonee Ponds.

Coles Moonee Ponds is the newest sustainability concept store, designed to set a new standard in supermarket sustainability and help Coles create opportunities to reduce its environmental impact into the future.

Together to Zero - Coles and Simply Cups
Coles Moonee Pond join Simply Cups

FIRST COLES TO RECYCLE COFFEE CUPS

This is the first Coles supermarket to recycle coffee cups, with 2 collection points within the store (see map). You’ll find a Simply Cups collection point next to the RedCycle soft plastics collection point, making it easy for locals to return their soft plastics and coffee cups in one trip.

You can now enjoy a coffee while shopping, with beans sourced from Rainforest Alliance certified farms. 

Cups collected at the store are rescued from landfill, and upcycled into new products, such as garden beds, fence posts, wheel stops and coming soon … road surfaces. 

TOGETHER TO ZERO – WASTE, EMISSIONS, HUNGER

Coles new strategy aims to deliver net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and have all of its operations entirely powered by renewable energy by the end of 2025. Cole’s newest Sustainability Concept Store sets a new standard in sustainability, with new innovations such as:

‘PACKAGELESS’ REFILL STATIONS

‘PACKAGELESS’ REFILL STATIONS

Plastic packaging will be reduced using new ‘packageless’ refill stations that dispense laundry soaps, household detergents, bodywash, handwash, shampoo and conditioner from major Australian brands Omo, Surf and Sukin.

Less overall plastic packaging

LESS OVERALL PLASTIC PACKAGING

Reduction of plastic from fresh produce including herbs, chilli punnets, prepacked leeks, prepacked celery sticks, continental cucumbers, prepacked tri colour capsicums and sweet pointed capsicums.

BUILD FROM RECYCLED CONSTRUCTION WASTE

More than 80% of construction waste to transform Moonee Ponds was diverted from landfill and recycled over the duration of the project.

CONTAINERS MADE FROM RECYCLED PLASTIC

Reusable cardboard boxes are available for customers to carry their grocery shopping in, housed in a container made from recycled plastic from Replas.

‘PACKAGELESS’ REFILL STATIONS

IN-STORE FRUIT AND VEG BAR

A fruit and veg bar where customers can have their healthy fruit and veg sliced, diced or riced right in front of them, or squeezed into a freshly made juice. The bar aims to produce the best juice and reduce waste by using fruit and vegetables at their ripest for juicing.

Upcycled hand sanitiser station

SANITISING STATIONS MADE FROM RECYCLED PLASTICS

Hand sanitising stations throughout the store made from recycled plastic collected by REDcycle.

REUSABLE SHOPPING BAGS FROM RECYCLED MATERIAL

Coles Marine Reusable Shopping Bags are being introduced which are made with 80% recycled content, including 20% marine industry waste.

SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BAGS MADE FROM 50% RECYCLED CONTENT

The Fresh Produce single use plastic bag is now made from 50% recycled content and can be recycled via Redcycle at any Coles store.  Reusable fresh produce bags are also available to purchase for 50c.

RedCycle and Coles

RECYCLE SOFT-PLASTICS WITH REDCYCLE

REDcycle soft-plastic recycling available for customers at the front of the store with the soft-plastics used to make benches, furniture, playground equipment, roads and most recently carparks at Coles stores. Last year the store collected 3,992kg of soft plastic to be recycled.
REDcycle collection points are located next to Simply Cups.

Supercart - upcycled trolly

UPCYCLED TROLLIES

Trolley baskets are Australian made from 90% recycled milk bottles and 10% recycled plastic collected through REDcycle.

ENERGY EFFICIENT

Waste heat is captured from the refrigeration system to help warm the store.

RAINWATER REDUCES EXTERNAL WATER USE

The roof is catching water with a rainwater harvesting system, reducing external water use.

LOWER GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS FROM REFRIGERATION

First Coles renewal store to be upgraded with a natural refrigeration solution virtually eliminating greenhouse gas emission from refrigerant gases, and with recently installed doors on fridges to reduce energy consumption.

PAPER PACKAGING INSTEAD OF PLASTIC PACKAGING

Moonee Ponds’ new naked herb range is being grown and delivered by Fresh Leaf Farms, based in Clyde, Victoria.  The herbs have had all plastic packaging removed with the product label made for the first time from paper, not plastic.  Fresh Leaf Farms received a Coles Nurture Fund grant award in 2011. This grant was used to invest in more sustainable growing techniques rather than traditional soil growing methods, ultimately using less water to grow herbs.

LEFTOVER FOOD DONATED TO SECONDBYTE

The Moonee Ponds store donates leftover edible food to food rescue organisation SecondBite which distributes to local community organisations including Flemington People’s Pantry, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Merri Outreach and Open Table. Last year the store donated 4,310kg of edible food which is the equivalent of 8,620 meals.

TELL US WHAT YOU THINK?

Next time you are in Moonee Ponds, visit Coles and experience the future of sustainable supermarkets.
Have a coffee and recycle your cup!

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