Last week, I talked about the recycled, reusable coffee mugs that my husband picked up, so I was pleased as punch to run across this infographic on just how much waste you can avoid by bringing your own cup to the coffee shop. Check it:
I knew that those disposable cups were wasteful, but it's still pretty staggering when you think about how much waste they generate over a single customer's lifetime. More than half of Americans drink coffee every day, if even a quarter of them get theirs in a disposable cup, we're talking about close to 6 billion pounds of waste over 40 years - 1.5 billion pounds every single year.
Yikes! Imagine the impact we could make if we all started bringing our own cups instead!
Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by Ian Sane
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