The Impact Of Takeaway Cups On The Environment.

by Rebecca Veksler on January 17, 2022

The Impact Of Takeaway Cups On The Environment.

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! 

What's a good SoLution?

There are four practical things that you can do to reduce coffee cup landfills that will not mean giving up your daily coffee ritual.

  • Don't take away 
  • Bring your own reusable SoL Cup

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.


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