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The Disposable Coffee Cup Problem

5 May 2016 12:31 PM - Sea Shepherd
Lets be honest, we all need a pick me up from time to time. Weather its a long black, double shot soy latte or a peppermint tea, disposable takeaway cups are making no friends with the environment. Why you ask? Take a quick look at these fun facts and decide for yourself!

-Every minute over one million disposable cups are discarded to landfill

-There is enough plastic in 20 disposable cups and lids to make a Medium KeepCup

-Most disposable cups are lined with polyethylene which makes them non recyclable

-Disposable cups that are "compostable" require commercial composting to biodegrade

-Over 500 billion disposable cups are manufactured globally every year

-Half of the plastic used in the world today is for single use disposable items

-Very little recycled paper is used to make disposable cups because of contamination concerns 

-Because most disposable cups are coated with plastic, both composting and recycling of disposable cups is uncommon

-Most of the world’s paper supply, in fact about 71%, still comes from diminishing forests, not tree farms or the recycling bin.


So what is the solution? We like to think that its a simple as making some small habitual changes. Carrying a re-usable cup with you is a good place to start. Our friends at KeepCup have recently teamed up with Sea Shepherd and designed some seriously cool looking re-usable cups, donating 15% of all Sea Shepherd KeepCup sales to Sea Shepherd Australia.

Sea Shepherd vessels patrol the oceans on the front line of ocean conservation. They use non violent and direct action, and the power of the camera to prevent illegal activity in the worlds oceans. Sea Shepherd KeepCups support the mission to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans. 

"We buy a bottle of water in the city, where clean water comes out in its taps. You know, back in 1965, if someone said to the average person 'in 30 years you are going to buy water in plastic bottles and pay more for that water than for gasoline?' everybody would look at you like you're completely out of your mind" - Paul Watson - Founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society


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9 Jun 2017,12:56 PM - Sam
Nice! Supporting sea shepherd and the environment!

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