Caffeine on the go. It is one of life’s greatest gifts for busy people. But are you aware that your caffeine addiction may be contributing to one of the largest waste problems in the world after plastic bottles?
Australians use an estimated 1 billion disposable coffee cups each year. 1 BILLION. And of that amount only around 10% are recycled. Not only that but even paper cups can contain a plastic film and those that make it into the oceans and rivers are breaking down into microplastics (another massive global pollution crisis). And don’t forget about all the plastic lids that come with these cups…
So how do we change this?
The answer is easy. Find yourself a fabulous reusable takeaway cup that you can take with you on the go. Most cafes and coffee shops are happy to let you use a reusable cup instead of a disposable cup, so don’t be embarrassed to ask. In fact, you might even start an important conversation!
Things to consider when picking your perfect reusable cup:
- Size: it needs to be the size of the coffee that you like to get. There is no point buying a large reusable cup if you prefer a small latte. It’s just extra weight that you don’t need.
- Weight: reusable cups can come in a variety of weights. The lighter the better as it is less cumbersome.
- Style: if you’re going to use something everyday, you want to make sure that it suits your style and that you like the look of it.
- Material: the recyclable plastic cups tend to be lighter than a ceramic or metal cup, however the choice is up to you. Pick one that is long lasting, durable and recyclable in the long run.
- Lid: make sure that you pick a cup with a tight seal so that you don’t have any spillage. Also, determine whether or not you want a lid that can be fully sealed with a cap or button, or perhaps you don’t mind if the mouth area doesn’t seal.
One company doing great customizable reusable cups is KeepCup. Not only do they have a great selection of different cups in both glass and BPA free recyclable plastic, but you can custom create your very own to suit your needs.
Now before anyone has the chance to tell you that it takes ‘so many’ plastic disposable lids to make one reusable cup, keep in mind that reusable is generally always better. We have become accustomed to thinking that single use items are completely acceptable but we are creating more waste and landfill than we can deal with. So as a general rule – reusable is always better. Help reduce the amount of disposable coffee cups ending up in landfill and oceans every day by saying no to the takeaway cup and bringing your own!
*This is not a sponsored post or affiliate link for KeepCup.