People in Mosman love their coffee!! Knowing this, View Finders looked at the impact of takeaway coffee cups. 

Given Mosman’s popular coffee culture the youth volunteer group View Finders decided to investigate the impact of disposable coffee cups on the local environment. By speaking to local café owners they made the following discoveries:

  • An average Mosman café sells 100-150 cups of take-away coffee a day
  • Almost 23,000 take-away coffee cups are used each week in Mosman
  • Most disposable coffee cups are not biodegradable and are difficult to recycle due to their plastic lining

Based on this information, in Term 3, 2013 the View Finders group created a zine; designed as a fun and informative tool to communicate their findings. The zine featured key facts, informative diagrams and practical suggestions for positive behaviour change. The zine was distributed in schools and at the pedal-powered cinema held in Mosman, attracting positive feedback and inspiring a broad range of people from the community.

Following the success of the zine, in Term 1, 2014 View Finders created a fish sculpture out of disposable coffee cups and lids to generate public awareness of the negative environmental impact these have on sea-life if they make it into our waterways. Collection points for used disposable coffee cups and lids were set up around the community. The youth volunteers then worked closely with community organisations the Art and Soul Collective to design and construct the sculpture and the Mosman Men’s Shed to design and build its base. The sculpture went on display during the MYfest event and young people were encouraged to take a photo holding positive messages and post it on social media.

Excellent media coverage following the event led to the sculpture remaining on display in the front foyer of Mosman Council Civic Centre for public viewing.

You can read about Richard’s experience with View Finders here, check out this video that features some of the View Finders or click here to get involved.

Check out the zine View Finders created!