1 Jul 2014
a small change - reusable coffee cups
There is no denying we have become a coffee society. On seemingly every street corner we have thoroughly embraced the ubiquitous European trend of sipping espresso and people watching. And it seems that no outdoor event is complete without a mobile barista. As a result, the use of takeaway coffee cups has skyrocketed in the past few years and it is now estimated that Australians alone use 2.7 million cups per day!
Contrary to popular thought, most disposable cups are a mix of paper and plastic deeming them unrecyclable (nor biodegradable) and headed straight to landfill. While some businesses are flying the environmental flag by using eco friendly disposable cups and lids it is a simple change we can do that can make a profound difference; using reusable cups. By using our own cup we not only lessen landfill but cut down on the amount of disposable cups being produced hence saving energy and resources.
Ours were an impulse buy one morning on a beach side stroll. Happy babies in the sand called for coffee and slowing down and so a takeaway coffee spot was hunted out. Hot coffee was savoured in the sun and the $25 I handed over for our two cappuccinos was soon forgotten.
But to turn this small change into a new (and lasting) behaviour it's essential to choose something with an aesthetic conducive to your lifestyle; do you like how it looks and feels, is it easy to clean? And to reinforce the habit, keep your reusable coffee cup somewhere convenient. We keep ours in the glove box of the car and I pop them into my handbag when we head out. We chose Keep Cups for their high quality BPA free plastic which is easy to clean, lightweight, cost effective and recyclable at the end of its life. Baristas have welcomed our reusable cups and some cafes go as far as offering a discount on coffees.
A small change; reusable coffee cups.