About UYOC

UYOC.CO.NZ is an online café guide. It stands for Use Your Own Cup and it is pronounced [you-yok] or any way you want to say it!


We represent cafes who are committed minimizing their environmental impact by welcoming us to use our own cups when we take out. Every cafe listed here will pour a brew into any vessel we bring them.


Many of our cafes have gone further still and have stopped serving plastic straws, will refill water flasks for no charge or compost food waste. You can see who is doing what at UYOC.


We also work as a philanthropic, social enterprise, stepping in to connect folks who can help each other do good, and stepping up to fund local projects and initiatives. We have no ego - we just want to see the world we leave to the next humans be one they can thrive in, respecting their entitlement to secure natural capital and the rights of all living things to clean air, water and land.


And all profits from the UYOC guide are distributed to social and environmental NGOs and charities who work to alleviate suffering and defend the natural world. 


What they say about us...

The Good Seed Collective 1/5/2018

Focus Magazine 31/5/2018

Focus Magazine 15/5/2018

Stuff.co.nz 30/3/2018

The Style Jungle 29/3/2018

Auckland Magazine Online 23/3/2018

Sans Pareil Online 5/3/2018

Otago Daily TImes 25/2/2018

OARsome radio 22/2/2018

Otago Daily Times 22/10/2017

Queenstown Life 26/1/2018


To our friends in the media, it would be wonderful if you could help spread the word, about UYOC, about responsible cafes, about the need to rethink single use waste and about the organisations who continue to work hard on behalf of us all to keep things safe and sound in our super special country. Please get in touch if we can do anything to help you to help us all. You know you have the power. 



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