Plant-based cups and noodle straws help St. Pete coffee shop become zero

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. ‘ Reduce ‘ While these are seemingly simple changes, the changes can be tricky for a small business. The added cost of specialty cups and composting fees can be worrisome.

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These are practices that Black Crow Coffee, located in the Old Northeast district in St. Pete, have embraced. So much so, that they are now certified zero-waste.’

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The goal was to divert 90 percent of their waste from landfills and incinerators, a standard that is considered zero-waste. It’s a goal that only took them seven months to reach.

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One of the first steps she took to becoming more eco-friendly was reducing, and eventually eliminating, single-use plastic.

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Their plastic cups are now cups derived from plants, long noodles replaced straws, and reusable bags used for coffee beans. But, it was more than replacing their to-go containers.’

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