coffee_cup_wiki, plastic, paper pollution, recycling, sustainable lifestyle, sustainable choices, According to new scientific reports, your take-away styrofoam coffee cups, will not degrade for at least 30 years.  Many consumers, that normally are environmentally aware, believe that these cups are recycled, when in fact they are dumped into the local landfill and take forever to break down.

 

Apparently the polyethylene lining which makes the cups impermeable can’t be separated from the paper, so most of the cup cannot be recycled and ends up in a landfill for decades.

 

There are Alternatives

Chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s of BBC’s War on Waste, focused light on how few of the cups were being recycled. However there are alternatives. Frugalpac, has developed a 100% recyclable eco-cup, while some coffee shops have started using reusable cups. In fact, Starbucks offers a 50p discount to customers who use their own cups.

To find out what you can do to make more sustainable choices explore the following articles:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/oct/05/uks-billions-of-tak…

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/programs/metromorning/recycling-ca…

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/21/starbucks-trials-rec…

 

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