When I read the following statement my jaw dropped almost to the floor. Did you know that if we collected all the coffee cups used each year in Australia and lined them all up, they would stretch around the world, not once but twice!?
In Australia, we consume more than 50,000 cups of take away coffee every half hour, and approximately 1 billion takeaway hot drinks every year. The standard takeaway coffee cup is made from a mix of plastic and liquid paperboard (a thick paper-based material) and are not recyclable. These cups take around 400 years to break down.
Sadly, here in Victoria, only a few of our councils currently have the facilities to recycle these cups..
It’s scary to know that these takeaway coffee cups end up in the ocean and are ingested by turtles, birds and fish. In turn, we eat the fish and consequently we are actually eating the takeaway coffee cup. For those of us who aren’t motivated by what it’s doing to the planet, how do you feel about eating cups?
There are plenty of great alternatives to using disposable takeaway cups.
Do we really need to use these non recyclable kinds? If everyone used their own reusable cup, then we wouldn’t have this problem. Reduce, reuse, recycle.
Plastic bags have been removed from supermarkets, it wouldn’t surprise me if next comes the coffee shops jumping on the bandwagon and making us pay extra to use one of these paperboard, non-recyclable cups.
There are countless reusable cups on the market, they are sold at nearly every second shop now. All with their own unique designs, colours and made from different materials (plastic, glass etc).You can actually get them as cheap as $2 from Target. I have no doubt you are sure to find one that suits your style.
So next time you are out and about, take a cup with you or even better, take a break and have a dine-in coffee, our earth will thank you for it.