It is estimated that Australians use 1 billion disposable coffee cups per year. 90% of these end up in landfill, which equates to around 60,000kg of plastic waste per annum. Despite the misconception that these cups are recyclable, they have a plastic lining that doesn't biodegrade and the plastic lids also stick around for a really long time in landfill.
I decided to take photos of disposable coffee cups around the place. My intention is to add to this series and raise awareness about the issue.
There are some simple steps that you can take to minimise your footprint while still enjoying your coffee every day.
- Don't take away — great way to socialise is to have your coffee at the cafe
- Bring your own reusable cup
- Refuse a lid — if you don't need the lid don't take one
- Choose a cup made from rapidly renewable resources like managed plantation paper board and separate the lid from the cup when disposing of the rubbish