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Coffee cups

Green – the “it” word. Everyone’s talking about it. Green, green, green. Concern over the environment, criticism over China’s poor environmental record, concern over the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, failing crops, illnesses, Global Warming… the list goes on. Now people are thinking “green”, or are they?

I love coffee. Love it. And tea. I love tea and coffee. Two very nice hot beverages, of which we have plenty of here in Vancouver. There’s a coffee shop at every street corner, with a few wedged into every block for good measure. And tea is making its way into the happy hands of many Vancouverites. How? In little white paper cups – lined with plastic.

Millions of paper cups are used each day and thrown out. The paper may biodegrade while leaching bleach and other chemicals into the soil, but the plastic liner, that’s another story. It won’t biodegrade. It will eventually degrade, this is true, but the plastic liner of a coffee cup will stick around for a very, very LONG time. Who knows, it might end up in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, into a fish and eventually into your stomach. If not your stomach, then into the stomach of one of your descendants. And if you’re a vegan, well, plastic doesn’t make a very good fertilizer, does it?

People need to start acting green, not just talking green. Bring a reusable cup wherever you go. It’s good for the environment and might save you a couple of cents, so it’s good for your pocket book too.

If we all try a little harder to consider what we’re doing and act accordingly, we’ll make a big impact. Guaranteed.

For your viewing pleasure, here’s a picture I took of a bag of garbage on BC Ferries. This is only one bag of many. Something to think about.

Bag o\' garbage on BC Ferries

Bag o' garbage on BC Ferries

Puddling Jumping with a reusable cup.


2 comments on “Coffee cups

  1. barbro
    August 14, 2008

    Well, of course all these incredible amounts of throw-away coffeecups are a wast and harmful to the environment. But trying to get people to carry and also to REMEMBER bringing a reusable cup when dashing for a quick cup of coffee, will not be easy. Just think of how many times one forgets the “green” bag in the car when grocery shopping. – However I saw a tall nice light blue reusable mugg ($19.50) at Starbucks the other day. It was in my view quite drink- friendly with a little lid for an opening to drink out of instead of the little hole that most cups have, which eliminates any pleasure of having a “CUP of coffee”. Futher consider, handle or no handle? /Mom.

  2. ingridandneil
    August 20, 2008

    Thanks for your comment! It’s nice to know someone is reading our little blog!

    Yes, I agree that it can be difficult to remember to bring your cup or even the reusable bags. But, like anything, if it’s important enough to you, you’ll remember. For instance, I remember my wallet because it’s important to have it with me. With practice and repetition, eventually we’ll get into the habit of remembering these things. The price of forgetting is too high now. Remember the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”? Please read about it here: http://science.howstuffworks.com/great-pacific-garbage-patch.htm and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyre.

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