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Australia's ever-growing caffeine habit could be doing more damage than we think, with environmentalists warning disposable coffee cups are fast on their way to becoming a major pollution hazard.
It is estimated Australians use 1 billion disposable coffee cups each year, it is estimated that up to 90 per cent of all of that, ends up in landfills/our oceans, that equates to around 60,000 kilograms of plastic waste per year.
Imagine that for every 100 SoL Cups sold, that's 75,000 single-use cups saved from landfills/our oceans. So if 1 million Australians committed to using a reusable coffee cup, we could save over 750 million from landing in landfills just in Australia. Which sounds like a lot, but is just a drop in the ocean! 1 million people is only 3% of the population. When you start to talk numbers it just blows your mind!
There are four practical things that you can do to reduce coffee cup landfills that will not mean giving up your daily coffee ritual.
Here are some more facts:
Disposable paper cups contain 5% polyurethane plastic, making composting and recycling of disposable cups extremely rare. Half a trillion disposable cups are manufactured annually around the world; that’s over 70 disposable cups for every person on the planet. Most plastic used in the world today is for single-use items.
Very little recycled paper is used to make disposable cups due to health risk concerns.