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13 hours ago

The Umbrella Café

Two small words ...

* REUSE *

* REDUCE *

The research we have done over the last 6 months, with a lot of help from eco Cops & Plastic Free Whitstable, has unfortunatly shown that there are no easy solutions to replacing single use takeaway items.

Whilst we do still stock corn starch takeaway cups, soup containers & boxes, we would like to make it clear that there are no available recycle streams for these items in east Kent currently.

Corn based 'compostable' cups & containers cannot be composted in east Kent, neither at home nor in any local industrial units. They cannot be recycled and the only safe place for them to go once you've used them is the bin. Although current research shows that due to their make up they may emit higher levels than we would like of methane in landfill (99% of our waste is incinerated)

We do not wish to tell anyone what they should do and we hold our hands up that we of course do not make perfect decisions all the time. We are very happy to answer any questions on this topic as much as we are able, but the Eco Cops Facebook page is full of evidence based information & advice.

What we would like to do is continue to encourage people to reduce & reuse, as much as is possible for us and our customers. We will soon be launching a dedicated loyalty card that rewards reusing containers, both for drinks & food items in our cafe.

We won't ever judge anyone's decisions but do be mindful the next time someone says you can compost plant based containers because it is unfortunatly unlikely that you can, at least in our local area. Luckily Whitstable is full of lovely cafes who do reward customers for using reusable cups. We will keep a close ear to the ground for any positive changes and update if we hear anything 👂
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Two small words ...

* REUSE * 

* REDUCE * 

The research we have done over the last 6 months, with a lot of help from eco Cops & Plastic Free Whitstable, has unfortunatly shown that there are no easy solutions to replacing single use takeaway items.

Whilst we do still stock corn starch takeaway cups, soup containers & boxes, we would like to make it clear that there are no available recycle streams for these items in east Kent currently.

Corn based compostable cups & containers cannot be composted in east Kent, neither at home nor in any local industrial units. They cannot be recycled and the only safe place for them to go once youve used them is the bin. Although current research shows that due to their make up they may emit higher levels than we would like of methane in landfill (99% of our waste is incinerated)

We do not wish to tell anyone what they should do and we hold our hands up that we of course do not make perfect decisions all the time. We are very happy to answer any questions on this topic as much as we are able, but the Eco Cops Facebook page is full of evidence based information & advice.

What we would like to do is continue to encourage people to reduce & reuse, as much as is possible for us and our customers. We will soon be launching a dedicated loyalty card that rewards reusing containers, both for drinks & food items in our cafe. 

We wont ever judge anyones decisions but do be mindful the next time someone says you can compost plant based containers because it is unfortunatly unlikely that you can, at least in our local area. Luckily Whitstable is full of lovely cafes who do reward customers for using reusable cups. We will keep a close ear to the ground for any positive changes and update if we hear anything 👂

 

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A lady came in today about compostsble cups...the brochure is next to the urn/decaf coffee x

Well done for everything you do The Umbrella Café!

'This is from SNAAP (Special Needs Advisory & Activities Project) for all SNAAP families

Community Share' Scheme - New SNAAP incentive.

We have recently become aware that some of our families are struggling to make ends meet. It also made us aware that Food Banks are struggling to cope with demand.

We feel we can help support our families who may need a little extra help some weeks soo are starting a new initiative called ‘Community Share’, which although predominately will be run at Stay & Play, will be accessible for all SNAAP families at any time.

We are asking for donations of food, toiletries and personal care items as well as good condition children's clothes, coats/uniforms/shoes etc.

"Take if you need, donate if you can" and lets help each other out.

Thank you :o)
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This is from SNAAP (Special Needs Advisory & Activities Project) for all SNAAP families 

Community Share Scheme - New SNAAP incentive.

We have recently become aware that some of our families are struggling to make ends meet. It also made us aware that Food Banks are struggling to cope with demand.

We feel we can help support our families who may need a little extra help some weeks soo are starting a new initiative called ‘Community Share’, which although predominately will be run at Stay & Play, will be accessible for all SNAAP families at any time. 

We are asking for donations of food, toiletries and personal care items as well as good condition childrens clothes, coats/uniforms/shoes etc. 

Take if you need, donate if you can and lets help each other out.

Thank you :o)

 

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Where do we drop donations please

I have some toiletries, things like shampoo etc. Do you know if they would still like them if the item has already been opened or is it only sealed items that are required?

I have some older children/teen clothes/coats/maybe shoes or is it only younger?

2 days ago

The Umbrella Café

This month's Book Club book is Little Fires Everywhere and they are meeting on January 24th at 13:30 in the cafe. They are a small friendly club and are very keen to welcome new members. There is no pressure to have finished the book and if you would like to join just drop in on the day. ... See MoreSee Less

This months Book Club book is Little Fires Everywhere and they are meeting on January 24th at 13:30 in the cafe. They are a small friendly club and are very keen to welcome new members. There is no pressure to have finished the book and if you would like to join just drop in on the day.

2 days ago

The Umbrella Café

A basket of bread, it's the simple things 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

A basket of bread, its the simple things :-)Image attachment

5 days ago

The Umbrella Café

New for the cafe this year are vouchers 🙂

Available in denominations from £1 to £10 they are now available to purchase from us.

Give the gift of food without having to mess up your own kitchen!
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New for the cafe this year are  vouchers :-) 

Available in denominations from £1 to £10 they are now available to purchase from us.

Give the gift of food without having to mess up your own kitchen!