Sunday, November 2, 2008

The Coffee Cup Revolution: Let's Take a Stand!

greetings on a balmy Sunday evening - for early November.

My extracurricular reading these days (when not reading books to write reviews about them, or materials for work) has been focused on two topics - Productivity / Creativity or Frugality. To that end, Wise Bread is always a good read about the latter, sometimes in ways which touch upon the former.

In tonights blogroll was a great article that echoes something I have been preaching for years.  The Curse of the Disposable Coffee-Cup.  Starbucks, Tim Hortons, Robin's, MacDonalds takeout cups litter the landscape, fill up the landfills, and are a completely unnecessary waste of resources.

In her post, The Coffee Cup Revolution: Let's Take a Stand, Nora Dunn speaks her mind about her personal battle to reduce the waste.  Reminds me of the time I suggested to a student friend of mine that she carry with her all her takeout paper cups for one week - don't throw anything out - and see how much garbage she was generating in 7 days simply due to her NOT carrying a reuseable coffee cup.  Or the "watch me pull an elephant sized amount of used cups out of my tote bag" trick that Gina performed at a conference on Earth based religions from the discarded drinking containers of conference attendees.  Nice to know we aren't fighting the good fight alone.

I particulary enjoyed her section called The Facts  - did you know that ...
  • When you purchase one cup of coffee (or tea) in a disposable container every day, you create about 23 lb of waste each year. -Ideal Bite
  • About eighteen percent of garbage we produce is composed of disposable containers, of which hot beverage cups represent a large portion.
  • Styrofoam cups are the worst culprits, as it never degrades. Americans throw away 25,000,000,000 Styrofoam cups every ear. Even 500 years from now, the foam coffee cup you used this morning will be sitting in a landfill somewhere. -The Recycler's Handbook
  • Starbucks just started rolling out new cups that contain 10% recycled paper. (Whoopee). 
And she goes on to detail some steps each of us can take on a near daily basis to make a difference - and why - stating the obvious, but going a bit deeper.

So, pour yourself a cuppa your favourite beverage in a reusable cup - and give her post a read (and a Digg, if you are so inclined).  

Enjoy the day.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with you 100%.
    I'm currently advocating at my workplace to get rid of styrofoam cups and replace with recycled.
    I also prefer to bring a mug. The trouble is..alot of places won't accept them because of infection control. that's the rap we get at work. I'm glad Starbucks and Tim's will.