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Should We Ban Paper Coffee Cups?
Ban Paper Coffee Cups...Here's What I'm Thinking
BAN PAPER COFFEE CUPS! Whilst I might agree that sometimes there is a place for paper cups and plastic lids, I truly do believe that WHENEVER POSSIBLE coffee should be drank from a mug that can be washed and REUSED. But ban paper coffee cups altogether? I am not so sure about that.
That is my way of choosing the middle ground about banning paper coffee cups and I choose the middle ground not because I like paper cups (that picture shown below this text is pretty ugly) but because I am willing to conceed that there are just going to be times when you cannot carry a mug. I simply do not think it is reasonable to TOTALLY BAN coffee cups made of paper or any other disposable material. However, I definitely think that if you are drinking your coffee in a retail establishment, then your coffee should be served in a mug and that the restaurant industry should do WHATEVER IT TAKES to make that happen!
Restaurants can support this initiative in two ways. Firstly, of course, by offering reusable ceramic cups for patrons who are staying in their establishments with their beverages as a matter of NORMAL PROCEDURE and not just upon request. A ceramic mug should be the default serving vessel. Secondly, they should do everything possible to entice people to carry and use a reusable mug if they are leaving the premises with their beverage. If that means you get .20 cents off your cup of coffee when you have it in your own travelling mug, I believe that that would be a very good incentive. The same principle works when the grocery stores charge for plastic bags...doing so was enough to make customers bring their own bags from home and reuse them. Charging for a disposable cup would be an wonderful incentive to opt out.
What do you think about paper coffee cups?
Should they be banned or not?
In 2004, it was estimated that
Starbucks used 1.5 billion disposable cups.
~~ The New York Times
Do you drink coffee from a paper cup?
Pros Of Banning Paper Cups - Take a moment to ponder how exterminating paper cups will be of benefit to mankind.
- Totally eliminating disposable cups would reduce waste and the huge impact of coffee cups on the garbage system and the earth.
- Reduce litter that is found everywhere.
- Beverages taste better in 'real' mugs.
Cons Of Banning Paper Cups - Now think about the negative issues or problems involved in banning paper cups.
- Difficulty for fast food restaurants in serving their customers beverages.
- The necessity of carrying around your favorite mug.
- Health implications if you reuse a cup without properly washing it.
- Staff handling mugs that have been improperly cleaned.
- Inconvenience of wanting a drink but being without a mug.
Toronto uses some 350,000,000
(yes, that's 350 million)
takeout cups per year.
~~ The Toronto Star
Three Options To Consider In A Campaign To Ban Paper Coffee Cups
- An outright ban. This would definitely meet the goal of eliminating disposable cups. This idea would be easy to enforce as it simply eliminates the existence of the item but it is an extreme choice and does not give consumers a chance to change their habits.
- A levy or tax. This would presumably reduce the use of disposable cups. Nobody likes taxes and some would bring a mug. The proceeds of the tax could help pay for recycling the cups that are used.
- A deposit or return system. This is a nice idea but many people do not participate in the voluntary return system now. Plus a return system requires an organized handling and storage of more garbage.
We Are Happy To Serve You...In A Ceramic Cup!
Here is a great choice if you are trying to reduce your consumption of paper coffee cups. Like the famous New York City Greek paper cup that has existed since 1963 except that this one is ceramic and perfect for use over and over again at home, work or even in your restaurant. The paper one is used to serve 180,000,000 hot coffees per year in New York delis and the cup has become a New York icon, some might call it the world's most famous coffee cup. This ceramic version makes a great alternative to the paper one.
Should Paper Cups and Plastic Lids Be Banned? - Definitely a tempest in a coffee cup!
This is a Monkeybrains lens designed to host a debate, not pick a fight. It is a chance for everyone to share their opinion and a place for communicating ideas and discussing them. In other words, a friendly discussion...now what do you think about banning paper coffee cups?
Picture by Pleuntje.
Twenty-two percent of litter in Nova Scotia is Tim Horton's cups. - CBC, 2005
I'm willing to be that we already know the answer to this question!
What does your coffee taste best in?
You Have Three Choices...
- You Can Use A Paper Coffee Cup - Like whatever they happen to give you at the coffee shop...
- Or A Ceramic Mug That You Love - Like these Starbucks collector's mugs...
- Or You Can Use A Travel Mug.
I am Not a Paper Cup Reusable Mug
Pretty cool! Here is a thermal porcelain cup that is environment and dishwasher friendly!
Accumulating styrofoam or paper coffee cups on your desk? Is your garbage bin overflowing with take-out containers? Consider a practical piece of artwork and fun and quirky alternative, the I am Not a Paper Cup reusable mug. This mug is definitally environmentally responsible and can be used both as a regular or as a travel mug. Your coffee will actually taste better than when you drink it out this mug instead of out of a plastic, rubber, or stainless steel travel mug. In a porcelain cup, you taste the COFFEE. A practical way to reduce YOUR disposable cup use.
If you drink one cup of coffee per day per year you are generating 22 pounds of garbage.
Paper cups are not recyclable because of the plastic coating that makes them waterproof.
Beyond Coffee-to-Go: 101 Things to Do with a Paper Cup
Disposable paper cups allow coffee to go more places, at more times of the day, but most often they are used and tossed away without so much as a thought to extending its life. BEYOND COFFEE-TO-GO offers 101 alternatives to a cup's single use. Some are silly, many serious, and more than a few are environmentally friendly and fundamentally practical ways to prolong the usefulness of your paper coffee cup.
How many paper coffee cups do you use in a day?
As An eBay Power Seller, I Am Thrilled To Help People Find A Mug That They Are Searching For
It is reassuring to know that most people prefer drinking their hot beverages from a ceramic mug. (The poll on this page demonstrates that fact!) I am thrilled to be able to help people find the mug they are looking for whether they are collectors of mugs or they simply need to replace one that they have used for years. Note that my mugs all include free shipping within North America!
A Final Thought...
Photo by laur5785.
Please add your comments about this page here but your 'vote' about the debate at the top in 'Here's your turn to spout off.'
How would you respond to a levy on disposable coffee cups? (That is my favorite option.) Would it make you bring your own mug? What do you think are the pros and cons of banning coffee mugs?