Where does that cup end up? Most likely a landfill or our water ways. The thing is that most of these paper disposable cups are lined with plastic and are not easily recyclable.
That means most recycling plants don’t accept them.
It was estimated, that in 2006 alone 16 million disposable coffee cups were used in the U.S. Now add the amount of natural resources and waste used to manufacture the coffee cups and the environment impact is significant.
So, why not try to lessen your impact on the planet and learn simple ways that you can make a difference one coffee cup at a time!
How can we reduce our dependance on disposable cups?
- Leave a reusable mug or bottle in your car or even your purse or bag, so you are always prepared when you want a hot treat or a cold sip of water.
- If you work away from home, have a glass or mug waiting for you so you don’t have to reach for the Styrofoam variety when having a tea or coffee, or a glass of water.
- Simply refuse plastic water bottles, or any disposable bottle or cup.
- Encourage others to do the same. Perhaps, have a few extra mugs at work for your co-workers to use.
- Write a letter or speak to your local coffee shop owner, mentioning your concerns of using disposable cups. Perhaps, you can help them come up with an environmentally-friendly version at a low cost.
I love the infographic “Why a reusable cup?” that was created by Factory Direct Promotions. To me it is obvious why we should reuse our cups, but to others who may just be beginning their green journey this is a perfect way to explain how their small act of using a reusable cup can make a difference.
What will you do to reduce your disposable cup addiction?