Environmental concerns are growing globally and many of us are looking for ways to preserve our planet. North Americans use over 16 billion paper coffee cups and 26 billion plastic water bottles annually, most of which ends up in landfill. A simple act like using a reusable bottle or cup can have a significant and long lasting impact.
Disposable cup facts:
The manufacturing process of paper cups requires a substantial amount of water, energy, and a lot of trees.
When you purchase one cup of coffee (or tea) in a disposable container every day, you create about 23lbs of waste every year.
Every year nearly 900,000,000 trees are cut down to provide raw materials for American paper and pulp mills (EPA).
The average office worker uses 500 disposable cups each year (Clean Air Council).
According to a study conducted by Starbucks and the Alliance for the Environmental Innovation (April 2000), each paper cup manufactured is responsible for 0.24 lbs of CO2 emissions. (Carry Your Cup)
53,000 homes could be powered every year by energy that’s used to make and dispose of paper cups
Disposable bottle facts:
17 million barrels of crude oil are used to make plastic water bottles each year.
Only 8% of plastic waste generated in 2010 was recovered for recycling (EPA).
An estimated 2,480,000 tons of plastic bottles and jars were disposed of in 2008 (EPA).
31 million tons of plastic waste was generated in 2010 (EPA).
It takes three times the water to make the bottle as it does to fill it
If you drink the recommended eight glasses of bottled water per day, you will spend roughly $1,400 per year on bottled water. (Polaris Institute)
Making bottles to meet America’s demand for bottled water uses more than 17 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel 1.3 million cars for a year.(Ban the Bottle)
Last year, the average American used 167 disposable water bottles, but only recycled 38. (Ban the Bottle)
Plastic Trash makes up to 80% of all marine debris.
It’s estimated that there is 6 times more plastic trash in our oceans than plankton