In the UK, only one in 400 disposable coffee cups is recycled. While we think of them as cardboard, a plastic coating complicates the reprocessing. At the same time, a survey earlier this year estimated that Brits drink almost 100 million cups of coffee per day. That’s a lot of coffee. And a lot of cups.
One simple way to reduce your footprint is to buy a reusable coffee mug (or travel mug – the same thing by a different name). These tend to cost between £5 and £20, and come in a frankly astonishing range of materials, shapes and sizes. Quite often – though certainly not always – the coffee tastes better than in the cardboard-plastic cups. So there’s no excuse.