Paper coffee cups? Bin ’em!

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Did you know that your ‘recyclable’ takeaway paper cup isn’t so recyclable?

Millions in the UK assume that paper cups can be recycled as many of your favourite coffee chains like to promote their cups as being ‘eco-friendly’. While this is technically true, the reality is only two small facilities in the UK are even capable of recycling these cups, and one of these sites has never even dealt with a paper cup before! So while all of these paper cups could be recycled, there is no effort to make this happen, and most recycling sites don’t have the technology to do so.

What makes them so difficult to recycle?

Most recycling sites can’t recycle paper cups due to the polyethylene lining on the coffee cups which is used to keep them waterproof. Unfortunately, this means that the majority of the annual 2.5 billion (!) used takeaway cups either go into landfill or are incinerated.

So what is the solution?

The best way to deal with the paper cup problem is to quit paper cups altogether and use travel mugs instead. Travel mugs are a great way to transport your coffee and should last 3+ years. Also, we understand that saying no to takeaway coffee could be too big of a sacrifice, but the majority of coffee shops are happy to put your order in a mug, and some even offer incentives to do so! Although, if you do want to save some money, using a travel mug could help you ditch that expensive takeaway coffee habit and encourage you to start brewing at home in the morning. So in addition to helping the environment, making coffee in your own travel mug could save you hundreds of pounds. Win-win! Buy your own here.


5 thoughts on “Paper coffee cups? Bin ’em!

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  2. Great post! Makes you think about nature! I always get me a nice cup of take-out coffee when I’m writing my essay on some cafe or diner. Now I’ll consider taking my own cup when I decide to write something again.

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