INVEST IN YOUR OWN COFFEE CUPIf you start every morning with a steamy cup, a quick tabulation can show you that the waste is piling up. Twenty million trees are cut down every year just for the manufacture of paper cups. Invest in a reusable cup, which not only cuts down on waste, but keeps your beverage hot for a much longer time. Most coffee shops will happily fill your own cup, and many even offer you a discount in exchange!
Paper coffee cups and other disposable containers make up 18 percent of America's garbage. Replacing paper coffee cups with reusable mugs can help reduce waste and environmental impact.
If you grab your coffee on the go, you create a lot of waste for that coffee-loving habit. Even if you try to go the green route and recycle your cups, those disposable coffee cups aren’t as recyclable as you might think. Come on, java-lover! If you haven’t started using your own reusable tumbler for your daily coffee, why not? These reasons should convince you.
1. In a word: StyrofoamAmericans throw away about 25 billion Styrofoam coffee cups every year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. If you do anything to eco-ize your coffee routine, do this one: Resist grabbing a Styrofoam cup to hold your morning brew.
This bad boy is the worst-of-the-worst when it comes to disposable coffee cups. Made from polystyrene, a type of plastic derived from petroleum, Styrofoam cups never fully degrade. That Styrofoam cup you drank your favorite brew out of this morning will still be around 500 years from now.
2. Paper isn’t as eco as you thinklatte, but it also means these cups can’t be easily recycled.
Besides their difficulty to recycle, paper cups also pose a sustainability issue. Think about the energy used to simply create the cups. And, twenty million trees are cut down every year just for the manufacture of paper cups.