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supply. Accept that it is going to be tough, for us manufacturing overseas would be cheaper although the reward for us is so much more significant to produce locally, from control, relationships and community impact we have locally. Choose to work on becoming a certified B-Corporation. This certification highlights companies that meet a high level of ethical and sustainable business.” In your opinion, what are the greatest challenges facing Australian small businesses and start-ups? “Most support in the start-up ecosystem is based on technology start-ups and access to capital for a business that isn’t tech-based is much more limited to traditional streams.” What motivates you and the staff at Uppercup? “Being able to see the people that we are supporting through creating jobs and investing in local supply chains. To produce a product range that directly has waste minimisation outcomes and implements reusable systems, which support local and ethical supply chains. We can directly support people in our community. We exist to help companies navigate and implement the process of removing single-use food and beverage containers from our customer’s supply chain. We are motivated by removing nonreusables from society, as each reusable cup makes a difference to the environment. By implementing made to order solutions at head offices, cafés or in your own life, there is a tangible and impactful waste minimisation outcome that those companies can easily track.” G 10  giftguideonline.com.au

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Giftguide ECO November 2020  

Giftguide magazine is an award-winning bi-annual publication that is regarded by retailers as the ‘Bible’ of the gift and homewares industry...

Giftguide ECO November 2020  

Giftguide magazine is an award-winning bi-annual publication that is regarded by retailers as the ‘Bible’ of the gift and homewares industry...