We all do it; sometimes every day. We wake up, get ready, and somewhere along our daily commute or routine, we stop for our first cup of coffee. Most of the time we take it away in one of those super convenient "To Go" cups. I have at times opted for that single-use cup, even when I had the time to sit and drink my coffee in-house because it made things more convenient for me to get up and go. Looking back on a lot of the times I chose to do so really grinds my gears; I had no idea what I was contributing to.
Each year one hundred billion single-use cups end up in landfills. I don't even know what a billion single-use cups looks like let alone 100 times that amount. It's insane! When I heard those numbers, I had to find an alternative way to enjoy my cuppa on the go.
There are plenty of super cute, reusable cups you can purchase all over the place, but my biggest problem with them is most are made of plastic. According to National Geographic, 91% of our plastic goes unrecycled! And while it was one of mankind's greatest inventions, it's now one of our largest waste problems. That staggering 91% takes 450 to 1,000 years to decompose in a landfill, and when it does, it breaks down to micro plastics which end up in our oceans. All that plastic will be around long after us, our children, our grand, and great-grandchildren -- you get the point.
So what's a better alternative than plastic? Bamboo fiber!
"Each time you use your Ecoffee Cup, you're not only helping #stopthe100billion, you're also drinking from a natural product made with one of the world's most sustainable resources - naturally organic, rapidly renewable bamboo fiber. Better still, when you're done with it in a few years time, send it back to nature by simply crushing it and burying it along with your organic compost."
How cool is that?! It's nice to know that my reusable cup helps cut my waste on a daily basis. Another great bonus is that most of my local cafes offer a discount on beverages for supplying my own vessel!
Ecoffee offers loads of cute styles and their sizes range from 8 to 14oz. They also don't break the bank. Their most expensive cup is £11.95. Need a little more convincing? Read these facts about single-use cups.