viewpoint: the waste mountain of coffee cups

by:Kindeal Paper     2020-03-29
Every day, thousands of Brits put their coffee cups in a recycle bin. They\'re wrong -
The cups are not recyclable and the UK has thrown them away.
They have 5bn a year.
Hugh feenley wrote that it must stopWhittingstall.
Cold morning of March 1 last year
It was in the morning that a warm cafe latte looked attractive --
I took to the streets of London as a double
Deco Decker bus with 10,000 empty take-out coffee cups.
It may look like an unreliable concept art, but it is actually meant to illustrate the large number of takeout cups we throw away every day in the UK.
But my bus doesn\'t represent all of them --
10,000 is the number of cups passed by the UK in two minutes. The British -
Like Americans and Italians.
It\'s a caffeine-dependent country.
Go down any busy street and you will see people holding coffee
Container filled with cardboard
Add up to a lot of used cups.
More than 7 million a day, or 2.
One year 5 billion
Unfortunately, none of them except them are recycled --
The worse fact is, no.
One has to take responsibility for this, especially in all the big coffee retailers that have created this take-out junk Mountain.
In my waste war, I looked at various issues related to food waste, such as the outrageous \"cosmetic standards\" applied to supermarket fruits and vegetables \", resulting in the dumping of a large number of very good agricultural products.
Hugh\'s War on Waste: The battle continues on Thursday, July 28 at 21: 00 on the BBC One or catch up later through the iplayer. The coffee cup crisis is somehow more obvious --
Just under our noses.
Most consumers mistakenly think paper cups are the \"green\" option.
It is a hypothesis that coffee companies are happy not to challenge.
They know the difference, but they keep that understanding of themselves.
They don\'t tell serious consumers that it doesn\'t make sense to put a used coffee cup in the recycle bin. But it is.
Take-out cups in stock-in-
At present, the transactions of high-street coffee giants such as Starbucks, Caffe Nero and Costa are almost unrecoverable.
To make these cups waterproof, the card is fused with polyethylene, a material that cannot be separated again in a standard recycling plant.
More importantly, the Cup was not even made from recycled materials at first --
The way they are designed means that a thin card seam in the Cup is in contact with hot drinks, so they must be made from the original pulp.
Of course, their lives are very short.
Just like the time it takes to go to macchiato.
In fact, the millions of coffee cups we use every day are raw materials for one-time use and are thrown into the bin almost immediately
A terrible waste of carbon footprint. These poly-
Technically, the inner lining Cup can be recycled
This fact enables coffee companies to describe it as \"recyclable \".
However, the reality is that this is possible only in highly specialized recycling facilities --
There are only two of them in Britain.
One of the sites has never really handled a paper cup.
The other handles a very small number.
In any sense, traditional paper coffee cups are non-recyclable in the UK.
Of course, on average, there is nothing to sell out to let you know about this.
Some cups can even see little Mobius. loop symbol -
Three arrows in the triangle
It conveys a pleasant ecological atmosphere.
Friendly to difficulties
Consumers of coffee.
However, this symbol does not necessarily mean that the object can be easily recycled.
If you go to the website of the big coffee brand, you will think that they have covered sustainability completely, which is forgiven.
But they say it\'s as important as a bubble on a cappuccino that doesn\'t do well.
\"Looking at 20 tons of freshly dug European wind-proof grass thrown in the garbage dump of Norfolk farm --
Purely because they don\'t look beautiful enough.
Hugh feenley wrote: \"It\'s still one of the most shocking things I \'ve ever seen --\"Whittingstall.
For example, on the Costa website, under the misleading title \"delicious without waste\", those rejected vegetables are not even wonkyOn, the company has a pure brass neck to describe its Cup as \"eco-friendly\"friendly\" -
Perhaps the most inaccurate usage I have ever heard.
For legitimate reasons, Costa explained that the cards of its cups came from sustainable pulp and then claimed that the cups were \"recyclable in many parts of the UK \".
As I said, the number of locations is two-max.
Costa sent less than 1% cups for this treatment.
At the same time, Starbucks is vague and useless.
\"We are working on ways to solve the paper cup waste challenge,\" it said, and then comforted, \"paper cups make up a small part of the waste generated in our store \".
This is a statement without hard numbers --
Although it does show that they are wasting a lot in other ways.
It\'s just a few companies that fill the UK with discarded coffee cups.
There\'s more, of course.
They are all silently passing on the responsibility of recycling cups to their customers without acknowledging that it is an almost impossible task to accomplish.
What is the ecological alternative? The Cup is not friendly?
Reusable is an option, and Starbucks does provide customers with a small incentive to choose these options.
But all major coffee chains should increase and adopt this incentive significantly --
Reusable cups do not currently have any impact on this issue.
The second obvious answer is to change the design of the coffee cup.
The frustrating fact is that a paper coffee cup that can be recycled already exists.
I visited inventor Martin myerscoough, who showed off his version of the outsell Cup, which can be made of recycled paper and recycled after being used in standard paper recycling facilities.
Starbucks has announced that they are interested in testing these new cups.
But why don\'t other coffee retailers fight hard for the blueprint?
When I challenged these retailers in front of the camera, they sincerely expressed their commitment to \"investigate\" the waste of cups.
This is not the same as doing something.
If we\'re going to see real progress, not just stupid PR responses, these companies need to feel the enthusiasm of the people who really hurt them --
That\'s you, coffee. Drinking in public
The pressure on consumers will make changes happen very quickly.
After my war on waste projects last year, more than 300,000 people signed a letter to large UK retailers asking them to take steps to reduce waste generation.
Since then, many supermarkets have started to store more \"imperfect\" vegetables that they had previously rejected, and have increased their remaining inventory of donations to charities rather than landfill.
These are small steps, but encouraging, and of course there are actors-
The voice of the customer sounded in the ear of the retailer.
If enough people make noise, these companies will have no choice but to step up and deal with their poor waste.
Hamburg, Germany has banned coffee pods in the state.
Operate the building as part of an environmental drive to reduce waste.
Should others follow suit?
Is there a serious problem with coffee capsules?
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