Plastic Free July Challenge – Day 4
Disposable coffee cups, which look like they are made of paper, have been found to contain plastics that do not break down and are damaging the environment.
“These cups have a plastic lining that, when they go away, either end up in landfill — they don’t biodegrade — or they end up in the environment where they become a major pollution hazard,” environmentalist Tim Silverwood told 7.30.
“Even though the paper may degrade and become inert, the plastic will stick around for a really long time.”
Coffee cups are estimated to be the second-largest contributor to litter waste after plastic bottles.
Richard Fine, who founded biodegradable coffee cup manufacturer Biopak a decade ago, estimated up to 90 percent of all disposable cups ended up in landfills, equating to around 60,000 kilograms of plastic waste per annum. (Source)
So, shall we take our reusable coffee mug with us wherever we go?
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