We're Using Way Too Many Disposable Coffee Cups
Coffee is magical. Can’t get through the day without it, am I right?
Well, hate to be the bearer of bad news but our crazed coffee obsession sends one million disposable coffee cups to the landfill every minute.
And most can’t even be recycled because the plastic lining clogs machinery. The unfortunate reality is that less than one percent of all coffee cups ever end up being recycled. This is a huge problem when you factor in just how addicted we are to caffeine, and a reoccurring theme that we, as humans, have a tendency to irresponsibly consume without giving thought to the environmental or social consequences. Add to this the carbon footprint of coffee cup manufacturing, and it's evidently clear that disposable coffee cups in their entirety have a demonstrable impact on the planet. I’m feeling a time-out coming on, anyone else?
There is crazy debate (surprise, surprise) over who should take responsibility for finding a solution to the mountain of coffee cups rotting in the Earth. The coffee shops? The cup manufacturers? The recycling facilities? The consumer? Truth is, it’s probably all of the above. We all have a part in cleaning up the mess, because somewhere along the way, we’ve each added to it. So let’s talk about what we, as consumers, can do. BYOCB. Bring your own cup, baby. And preferably this one by Byta.
She's saving the planet one sip at a time. Oh, and she's pretty damn cute too.
I’m pretty obsessed with this coffee cup. Almost as obsessed with it, as I am with coffee itself. Need I say more? Probably. Proceeds from each Byta purchase are donated to Ocean Conservancy and the Environmental Defense Fund, so if you’re in the market for a reusable coffee cup, I would start here. You also have the option to personalize your Byta, so the barista will have no reason to butcher your name, FINALLY. Oh, another thing, by BYOCB-ing, you can save cash money - most cafés reward good behavior by offering a discount to customers who bring their own cup. Which is great news because the average price for a cup of joe in LA is almost as high as the hike to Runyon.
The Earth can’t digest plastic and it can’t sustain the growing amount of rubbish we send to our oceans and landfills each year. But little switches in your daily routine can significantly shift our impact. Who knew you could reduce your contribution to global waste while sipping on your Soy Vanilla Latte? Look at you go.