Hundreds of thousands of coffee cups are throw into the recycling bin in the USA every day. However, what most people don’t recognize is that these cups are not recyclable and the USA alone throws away around 25 bn of them each year.
Wrongly, most consumers just presume that paper or Styrofoam cups are the ‘greener’ choice however a majority of coffee cups are not made from recycled material or, for Styrofoam cups, they cannot be entirely recycled and even if you dispose of a Styrofoam cup today it will still be found in landfills 500 years from now.
If you buy just one cup of coffee (or tea) in a disposable cup each day, in one year you will have created around 23 lbs of waste.
In addition, coffee cups have a relatively short lifespan, meaning that the millions of coffee cups we use every day (noting that as American’s we consume around 400 million cups of coffee every day) are simply thrown away almost immediately, creating a staggering amount of waste and an immense carbon footprint.
What can we do to change these statistics? While some companies are looking into ways of creating their cups with completely sustainable and recyclable materials, we as consumers also need to think about changing our own habits and having our own reusable coffee cups is a good place to start.
Green Motion car hire is a company which is constantly seeking to improve its sustainable efforts with us trying to ensure that our services are as green and clean as possible. Green Motion has a franchised car hire presence in over 25 countries, with two master state franchise in the USA, being California (San Diego Airport) and Florida (Miami Airport), and is continuing its crusade to not only make their own business practices as green as possible but also to encourage customer's (leisure and business) to make behavioural changes.