Encouraging people to care about the environment can feel like a pretty futile task, especially when many hold the belief that their individual choices and actions have little to no impact. But our planet has reached breaking point and is in desperate need of some TLC.
10,000 coffee cups are thrown away every two minutes in the UK alone. This results in a staggering 2.5 billion being thrown away overall each year. The impact that disposable cups have on the environment and wildlife after being thrown away is devastating, and they worryingly could be affecting our health too.
What happens to disposable coffee cups when we throw them away?
Less than 1% of coffee cups are recycled in the UK due to the way they are manufactured. Disposable ones are made from cardboard but are lined with plastic polyethylene, which is fused to the cardboard, making them incredibly difficult to recycle; so much so that only three specialist plants are able to recycle them in the UK, meaning most end up in landfill and oceans. They can then take hundreds of years to break down due to their plastic lining.
Once broken down the problem doesn’t stop there. The plastic part of disposables cups break down into micro-plastics, which can be ingested by sea creatures. A study conducted by Plymouth University found that a third of fish caught in the English Channel had ingested micro-plastics. Upon entering their bodies the plastic causes blockages in their digestive systems as they are unable to break them down properly.
When these fish are caught to become food for humans, people then go on to indirectly inject what these fish have been eating in our oceans.
Why Keep Cup?
I chose to go for Keep Cup’s Brew design in the Roast colours. Unlike disposable coffee cups this particular design is made from durable soda lime glass and non-toxic plastic. All parts of it are recyclable should anything break and the website even allows you to purchase spare parts so if something breaks you don’t have to buy a whole new cup.
When I initially took my Keep Cup out of the box I was surprised by how easy it was to wash, as all the parts are removable. I also thought it was fantastic how the cardboard packaging was recyclable as a lot of the time you may purchase a reusable product online and it’ll arrive at your door wrapped in layers of plastic packaging – defeating the purpose in a way of you buying a reusable product to help the environment.
Although the glass isn’t completely shatterproof, it’s thick and kept my hot chocolate warm for over an hour whilst I went for a walk and slowly sipped at it.
The rubber band that fits around the cup ensures that you won’t burn your hands when holding your hot drink.
The lid is securely fitting and splash-proof so you don’t have to worry about any of the cup’s contents sloshing over the sides and burning your hands or getting on your shoes and clothing. One of main factors for me when deciding which reusable cup to choose, was knowing the plastic part of Keep Cups are completely safe for us to be drinking from. They are non-toxic and BPA/BPS free so I feel comfortable knowing I’m not consuming something that’s harming my body.
If you haven’t already invested in a reusable cup I’d highly recommend checking out Keep Cup. They have an array of different designs and colours to suit your intended use, budget and colour preferences.