Every year, 50 billion disposable coffee cups are thrown away in the US alone. According to eC02Greetings, if we stacked all of these coffee cups into a pyramid, it would reach 701m (almost 2300 ft). All of these cups go into landfills because they can’t be recycled, along with their plastic lids and plastic or wood stir sticks.
Even though most coffee cups are made of paper, they aren’t recyclable because they are lined with polyethylene plastic for durability. In addition, most plastic tops and stirrers are not recyclable.
For the next two weeks, don’t use disposable coffee cups (or lids or stirrers).
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Bring your own travel mug or coffee cup to your favorite coffee shop! Coffee shops often sell reusable cups and mugs, and many will give you a discount for bringing your own.
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