For the first two weeks of October, Gold Coasters can grab a coffee for just two bucks! Blank GC talks to producer and film-maker, Andrew Scott about the Show Us Ya Cups initiative and why we should ALL participate.
Show Us Ya Cups is a documentary-in-the-making set to tickle our sustainability funny bones, while changing our morning coffee routines for the betterment of our environment.
From 1 – 14 October, patrons who present their own or purchase a reusable cup at participating cafes can save up to three bucks on their coffee, and more importantly, save the environment from the ever growing piles of harmful, disposable coffee cups hitting landfill every day.
“Australians use 1 billion disposable cups per year,” said Andrew, “re-engineering our cultural attachment to these cups is where a very real and substantial reduction in environmental harm can be made.”
The series follows the prickly, yet well-intentioned and humorous efforts of sustainability-conscious “bogan” Uncle Bruce, who has taken great offence to our highly disposable coffee-cup culture.
“The Show Us Ya Cups series provides provocative, funny entertainment that encourages us to adopt reusable coffee cups for our daily takeaways and incidentally addresses social stuff that really matters, like mental health and sustainable living,” said 35 year old Andrew.
The creator and filmmaker is for the first time sharing his personal experiences with mental health issues through Uncle Bruce’s cheeky, larrikin humour to inspire real, behavioural change in others.
Following a number of heartbreaking family tragedies, the first at just 14 when his mum died suddenly on Mothers’ Day, Andrew’s life descended into a debilitating cycle of grief, stress, depression, substance abuse and domestic disturbances.
“Mine is unfortunately a story with a lot of tragedy but it is balanced equally in love and luck,” he said, “I have become very interested in mental health, especially the issues that face young men in Australia today. I want to be an active part of the solution.”
“Five years ago I was on my way to an early grave. Now I am the proud owner of an exciting entertainment media company creating something that will hopefully make a positive impact on the world,” he said.
“But my most significant accomplishments are invisible. They are the strategies and amazing support networks I have in place to manage the complex mental health challenges I face daily to keep being a positive contributor to the world.
“So, let’s drink coffee (in a sustainable, reusable cup of course) and let’s eat cake with Uncle Bruce!”
Grab a $2 Coffee when you Show Us Ya Cups at participating Gold Coast cafes from 1 – 14 October. Head to showusyacups.com for the full list of participating coffee shops in Brisbane, Ipswich and Gold Coast.
By Kylie Cobb