Plastic Free July Quick Facts – Coffee Cups

Refuse Disposables

It's simple - if we all made the switch from disposable to reusable cups, we would divert 500 billion take-away coffee cups from landfills every year. According to the Plastic Free Mermaid on Instagram, coffee cup lids are made of polysterene and is known to leach styrene.

Leaching is when the main ingredient or additive chemicals transfer over from plastic containers or plastic packaging to the food or beverage. So, why put yourself through that chemically induced coffee high, when you can simply bring your own reusable cup wherever you go?

On top of that gross fact, most disposable coffee cups contain a plastic film of polyethylene (which helps to make it waterproof) and are not recyclable. This means they will likely end up in landfills and won't biodegrade.

Take a look at what Cup Club is doing, a circular economy concept offering to replace millions of disposable cups with reusable cups-as-a-service. Now THAT's what we call a great idea!!