Over the last year in particular, the zero waste momentum has grown tremendously. It’s so encouraging to see that consumers are foregoing single use plastics for their reusable counterparts — restaurants, businesses, and governments are saying no to plastic straws; styrofoam and plastic grocery bags are being banned in many areas; awareness is growing around the slow-fashion movement; and among much else, “reduce, reuse, recycle” has become a mantra in many homes.
But did you know that disposable to-go cups aren’t recyclable?
There’s a polyethylene (plastic) inner-lining attached to the cups, chosen for their heat and leakproof capabilities. Unless ripped out and recycled separately, these cups will end up in a landfill, polluting our planet.
And just think, how often do you stop for a coffee or other beverage when you’re out and about?
If you want to do your part to reduce the 60 billion cups thrown away annually in the US alone, make an easy swap to a reusable glass barista cup like Keep Cup (pictured above). Not only are the glass and cork designs beautiful, durable, and easily washable, but those same coffee shops who’s cup many see as a status symbol (I’m looking at you, Starbucks), as well as many independent shops, offer a “personal cup” discount for bringing in a reusable alternative.
My personal rule: no takeaway coffee unless I bring my Keep Cup — one of my favorite swaps that can be used for both hot and iced beverages!