We’ve all done it haven’t we? Running a little late. Need a quick hit of caffeine. So we grab a disposable cup at one of our favourite haunts! Whether its paper or plastic … here are some alarming facts about our choice of cup!
The majority (something like 99%) of disposable cups are not suitable for composting or recycling.
Over half a trillion disposable cups are made each year. We don’t even know how many zeros there are in that figure, but to put it into context … that’s over 70 disposable cups for every single person on the planet.
The majority of plastic made today is actually produced for single-use items.
Over 35% of the trees chopped down each year (around 4 billion) are used in paper industries.
Very limited amounts of recycled paper is used to make disposable cups, mainly due to health risk concerns.
Consumer waste has increased from 40kg to over 550kg per person, per year. Wow … what are we doing?
So there are the facts. We have to put a stop to the production of single use plastic and paper cups by reducing the demand for them. With so many alternatives now available … there really is ‘no excuse for single use’!