Is disposable coffe cups, really disposable? Whenever you are wandering over food stores, fast food restaurants, or coffee shops, and whenever you drink your hot latte or cappucino, does that question ever come to your mind? Is this disposable coffe cups, really disposable? If you don’t, please take a closer look into your cup.
Every day, millions people buy at least one cup of coffee, then throw the cup into trash bin after finished their drinking. Oh, could you imagine how many cups are really there? It’s huge. Huge number of them.
Based on Care2.com, there’s wide margin of error for Starbucks Paper Cups Give Away Rate. Some data said Starbucks gives away anywhere from 2 billion to 52 billion paper cups (and plastic tops, and cardboard heat shields) a year.
But wait, a moment when you realize that Americans alone consume 400 million cups of coffee a day (convert it to a month, then to a year.) you finally understand that there are a ton of coffee cups being given out everyday. The most scary thing, only 10 percent of everything that’s recycleable is recycled (the coffee cups are coated with plastic so can’t be recycled anyway), the rest are still waiting in the landfill. Isn’t it scary? I mean, think about the long time effect, like polution, disease, and even deforestation since many of those cups were made from paper.
Starbucks is just a sample. We are grateful to hear that Starbucks has taken steps to lessen their impact but it’s still not enough since there are lots of coffe shops, lots of fast food restaurants, and lots of food stores out there which still using “disposable” coffee cups in their store. So, what shall we do? Change our routines! Just a little will help, drink less coffee is just an example. If that is hard for you, err, how about make your own coffee or bring your own cup whenever entering a coffee shop?