I am going to say it: Christmas is just around the corner and I, for one, am excited. However, I don't think it has quite hit me yet, how close it is. I am not yet listening to Christmas music or wearing festive jumpers but one thing I do aim to do before November is over is to nip into my local Costa Coffee and buy myself a black forest hot chocolate. I don't tend to buy coffee, tea or hot chocolate at any other time of year but the festive flavours are something I can be persuaded on. With the limited edition flavours come the limited edition cups. I'm sure we have all heard of the Starbucks 'red cups' and have seen the Costa Coffee single-use take out cups with their pretty Christmas designs. I love them and I always like seeing what they come up with each year, however I will not be buying them, at least until they become recyclable.
Something I learnt earlier this year is that single-use take out coffee cups are not recyclable. The materials they are made out of mean that they go straight in to land fill. 100 billion of them, a year. Imagine that... I can not even begin to picture it. As a consumer, we have the power to change this. What better time than Christmas, when sales of take-out coffee will probably go through the roof. It really isn't difficult, it may start off with a little investment but that investment is going into our planet, for our children and our children's children, our friends and our family. Simply purchase yourself a reusable coffee cup, find a cute design and take it with you when you buy a coffee. I hate hate hate ordering food and drinks from counters, so the dread of asking for it in a cup I have brought myself isn't pleasant. But when I think of the difference it will make, it is 100% worth me stepping out of my comfort zone.
With this newly found knowledge, I am really hoping that at least one of you joins me in this. If you would also like to make an extra bit of difference then buy yourself an Ecoffee Cup. Instead of the plastic re-usable coffee cups they are make out of sustainable bamboo fibre, even better for the environment! They also come in a range of designs, sizes and colours, so there is something for everyone. The company itself founded the #Stopthe100billion campaign, so if you're a heavy social media user or are a blogger yourself, spread the word and save the world. Simply add the #.
For anyone who would also like to gain the money benefits from using a resuable cup: Costa Coffee stores take back used single-use coffee cups and send them to specialist recycling plants. If you take your cup back into any of their shops you will also get 25p off of your drink. Pretty good going if you ask me.
Starbucks also have a similar mission. Use a re-usable cup and get 25p off of your drink. They're selling re-usable cups for as little as £1 and also accept coffee cups from multiple stores. What are you waiting for? Get Recycling!
Read about Costa Cups and their pledge to work towards an recyclable cup: https://www.costa.co.uk/responsibility/our-cups/
Read about Starbucks and their goal to recycle cups: https://www.starbucks.co.uk/responsibility/environment/recycling
Buy an Ecoffee Cup: https://ecoffeecup.eco/
Learn about the #Stop100billioncampaign: https://ecoffeecup.eco/stopthe100billion/
This post is not sponsored or working with any of these companies (although I would LOVE to do that), it will take less than 5 minutes to read through all of the above pages yet it's so important.