Free food & drink at London pop-up cafe if you 'pay' with (recyclable) plastic - EXPIRED

A rubbish café where you have to pay with plastic may not sound too appealing, until you learn it's a pop-up café where you can trade an empty plastic container for a free meal or coffee. Fanplastic!

This pop-up will be in Covent Garden in London from 8am-4pm on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th May serving up ‘free’ vegetarian and vegan zero-waste food to anyone bringing in recyclable plastic. It’s hosted by Ecover, best known for its environmentally-friendly cleaning products.

You'll need to bring in at least one piece of recyclable plastic (eg, drinks bottle), but two if you want a meal and a drink. You can bring more recyclable plastic if you like, but it’s limited to one meal and one drink per person.

What's more, you'll be able to fill up an old washing-up liquid bottle (about 450ml) with Ecover's vegan-friendly washing-up liquid for free. Its 450ml bottles are normally £1.60ish in most supermarkets.

Obviously, Ecover's doing this to promote its new recyclable product range – we're just telling you about it as free vegan food isn't always easy to come by, and the fact it's environmentally-friendly is a bonus.

Not in London? A few other ways to save money (and the environment)

If you fancy a cheap cuppa, see MSE Rhiannon’s blog on how you can pay £1 and get up to 50p off your coffee when you bring a reusable cup. You can also take a look at MSE Oli’s blog exposing the supermarkets where it’s cheaper to buy fruit and vegetables loose. Although most supermarkets sell their cheapest products wrapped in packaging, there’s also tips on how to save money and plastic including Morrison’s £3.50 wonky veg boxes.

There’s also MSE Andrea’s blog on How to save money by reusing and recycling with an infographic on how much you could save or make by doing simple things – like up to £1,000 for selling un-used clothes. Finally, our 13 top tips on how to use less plastic and save cash are in MSE Kelvin's blog, including some of the above plus where to refill your water bottle for free and how to replace clingfilm with reusable wraps.

How else do you save money while helping save the planet? Let us know in the comments below, on Twitter or Facebook.