Revolv presents Tiong Bahru Takeover—A reusable cup sharing event

Revolv presents Tiong Bahru Takeover—A reusable cup sharing event
In a first, multiple Singapore cafes will be taking part in a reusable cup-sharing system on August 24-25 in an event that hopes to encourage consumers to reduce use of single-use takeaway cups and containers. Image: Unsplash

revolv presents the Tiong Bahru Takeover, a reusable cup-sharing event promoting the circular economy and reducing single-use waste, taking place on 24 - 25 August 2019.

For this weekend only, revolv is working with four cafe partners in Tiong Bahru to enable customers to get their takeaway coffee in a reusable cup instead of generating waste from single-use.



The Tiong Bahru branches of Creamier, Forty Hands, Merci Marcel, and Plain Vanilla Bakery are taking part in this event to promote reuse, and are all generously offering $1 discounts for all drinks served in revolv coffee cups, an offer exclusive to this weekend.

This will be the first time in Singapore that multiple cafes have taken part in a reusable cup-sharing system across different sites, and represents the first stage in revolv’s plans to provide more permanent systems for reuse across the city.

On both days of the weekend, revolv will be stationed outside the four aforementioned cafes in Tiong Bahru - from 7 am to 7 pm. Customers can borrow a revolv reusable coffee cup by paying a fully refundable deposit of $8 per cup. Payment is accepted using PayNow or cash.

We’re really excited to work with fantastic cafes to pilot our reusable cup-sharing system here, reduce waste, and test demand for a longer-term solution that hardwires sustainability into our way of life. 

Jonathan Tostevin, chief development, revolv

Customers can get their cup to-go and use it as many times as they wish throughout the weekend. They can return it to any of the revolv stations before 7pm on 25 August (Sunday) to get their full deposit back. Revolv handles all transactions related to the cup, and commercially cleans and sanitises all cups before and after use.

Made of toughened glass and silicone, the plastic-free reusable coffee cup is not only a healthier and stylish choice for customers to take away their drinks with, but also helps save single-use waste.

Jonathan Tostevin, Chief Development, revolv says “We love our coffee in Singapore but our takeaway lifestyle generates huge amounts of waste that we can’t recycle. We’re really excited to work with fantastic cafes to pilot our reusable cup-sharing system here, reduce waste, and test demand for a longer-term solution that hardwires sustainability into our way of life”.


Feel free to reach out to revolv or partner cafes via their social media platforms listed below if you would like to support the event or simply to find out more. See you at the Tiong Bahru Takeover!

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Press Contact: Lucrezia Worthington, Marketing Manager,


Press contact: Mikka Wee, Marketing Manager / +65 9231 1324

Forty Hands

Press contact: Michael Bovell, General Manager Asia - Retail (CMCR & FortyHands) / +65 9295 8849

Merci Marcel

Press contact: Maria Frances Marinay, Social Media & Community Manager / +65 9186 9649

Plain Vanilla

Press Contact: Yap Ning, Communications Associate, / +65 6465 5942






About revolv.

revolv is developing a platform for reuse in Asia. It aims to make it convenient for people to take out and return reusable food and drink containers to replace disposable alternatives. Currently based in Singapore, Hong Kong and Bali, it operates its reusable dining ware rental service at events, cafes, corporate offices and school campuses.

About Creamier

Creamier is an independent ice cream and coffee lifestyle café based in Singapore. In its eight years, Creamier has branched out to Gillman Barracks and Tiong Bahru, where patrons can enjoy signature ice cream flavours such as Sea Salt Gula Melaka, Earl Grey Lavender, and Roasted Pistachio.

Founded based on a deep passion for perfecting dessert craftsmanship and creating honest, thoughtful experiences for all, Creamier is known for its small-batch production methods and use of carefully-sourced ingredients to create delicious ice creams. The Creamier Handcrafted philosophy is grounded on the idea that the magic of making good ice cream is nothing more than using quality ingredients, lots of hard work, and having a deep appreciation for craftsmanship and perfection.

About Forty Hands

With the opening of Forty Hands in 2010, the beginnings of a Singaporean coffee revolution started to brew. Taking its name from the 40 hands it takes to produce a coffee from bean to cup, the cafe breathed new life into the once sleepy neighbourhood of Tiong Bahru with it’s delicious specialty coffee, tasty Australian style brunch and friendly, personal service.​​ Decorated in an eclectic style to reflect the quirky nature and neighbourly vibe of Tiong Bahru, 40 Hands has a custom made Synesso coffee machine, comfy corners for private brunches and large sharing tables to enjoy with friends. Come in, enjoy a brew and say hi when you’re next in the neighbourhood!

About Merci Marcel

Merci Marcel presents a unique lifestyle concept that brings relaxed French social dining to the table. Both an all-day dining destination and an independent boutique, Merci Marcel establishes its bohemian point of view and embraces the artisanal spirit in its curated offerings that span gourmet food, fine drinks, art and lifestyle products.

About Plain Vanilla Bakery

Plain Vanilla Bakery is an independent bakery founded in 2011 with the intent to be a reminder of the contentment and goodness of a good old-fashioned piece of cake. Their methods are traditional and their bakes familiar and comforting. Each of their treats is crafted on site at their flagship bakery at Tiong Bahru, every batch lovingly made from scratch in small quantities with the best ingredients they can find. 


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