Society secretary Cecile Marten said she has been considering the idea for a while, but it had taken a year to finally be realised.
“The voyaging society is all about the environment, and because there is a huge problem with waste, we thought that this would be a great idea,” Marten said.
“For about five years the Rarotonga waste facility has been full, so this is just one of our ideas to try and address that problem.”
As noted on the Cook Islands Voyaging Society Facebook page, the Cook Islands doesn’t have a purpose-built system for the compostable or biodegradable cups that turn up at the landfill
Marten said that she was unsure when the new cups would arrive, as last week they were still in New Zealand.
The customised cups will be 100 per cent reusable, recyclable and free of BPA, an industrial chemical used to make certain plastic products, such as water bottles. At this stage there are only 100 available and Marten said they could be pre-ordered by emailing the voyaging society.
“The voyaging society will be selling them directly to the public, unless there are other companies around the island that are interested in selling them,” Marten said.
“I also hope that this will act as an incentive for coffee companies to offer lower prices to customers that come in with reusable cups.”