Choose to Reuse

Water bottles and drinking fountains

Bottled water can have negative impacts on both human health and the environment. Luckily in Australia we have some of the best tap water in the world which is perfectly safe to drink.

La Trobe has water fountains installed across our campuses to allow students and staff to refill and stay hydrated for free, so bring a reusable bottle and save some money and the environment by refilling. Check out this map of water fountain locations on our Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus.

Reusable bottles also help us avoid packaging waste on campus – win-win!

Maintenance issue?

If you spot an issue with a water fountain on campus, please log a maintenance request to get it fixed.


BYO Reusable Cups and Containers

Make the clever choice and BYO reusable cups and containers when purchasing food and beverages on campus.

All of our food and drink providers offer discounts if you bring your own clean reusable cup or food container.

Find out more about our food, beverage and retail traders at the Melbourne Campus.


Skip Zero

La Trobe University has partnered with Skip who have created a reusable cup swap program called Skip ZERO. Skip ZERO aims to reduce single-use coffee cup waste.

Skip ZERO is easy and convenient and allows you to save time, money and the planet!

How does Skip ZERO work?

  • Skip ZERO participants pay an annual subscription fee (valued at ~$20) and get a reusable cup and lid that has been designed and made in Australia.
  • Skip ZERO partner cafes maintain a stock of spare cups and participants continually swap their cup as they pick up a new coffee.

Join Skip ZERO at La Trobe for free!

To help promote this program, La Trobe University has covered the cost of 500 12-month Skip ZERO subscriptions to offer to staff and students.

Several cafes across La Trobe’s campuses already partner with Skip. Skip ZERO participating cafes at the Melbourne Campus include:

  • Bachelor of coffee
  • Caffeine

To join the La Trobe Skip ZERO program for free:

  1. Download the Skip app and register an account.
  2. Email sustainability@latrobe.edu.au using the subject ‘Skip ZERO’ and we’ll organise your cup and lid and Skip ZERO activation code.