One of the main things that gets me through the daily grind is a good ol’ cup of happiness, aka takeaway coffee.
Anyone that knows me knows how much I invest in this addiction. I spend most of my life in coffee shops and heck even as I type this I’m surrounded by the hub-bub and daily brewings of my local Costa. I also know I’m not the only one that (up until recently) has struggled to organise myself enough to feature my own beverage receptacle in my daily handbag. Enter – the iconic ‘to go’ cup! An item that brings comfort, convenience but also consequences we can no longer ignore.
- I do understand, and trust me I go on to discuss this, but this doesn’t stop me from feeling gutted because #sorrynotsorry I love a good takeaway cup! In some cases it means even more product for your buck, as the china equivalents simply can’t handle the same volumes of liquid!
- However, I’m going to put my hands up and admit that after years and years I truly thought takeaway cups were recyclable and actually recycled (insert face palm here).
Ohhh how naive I have been.
I was initially outraged by the latest ‘latte levy’ movement. But then, I dug a little deeper and I can kinda see why it is way overdue that something happens on this subject. However, once again, the customer appears to be copping it! It’s like a first line check box – “charge them more and that will solve the problem”! Gee thanks guys.
Coffee chains already make a huge profit off of us, and yes, day in day out we return, no matter how upset our bank balances are. Why, instead of charging us even more as a deterrent, can’t coffee chains address the problem at the source? Apparently it appears to be that there are not enough facilities available that can separate the recyclable components of the coffee cup! Are you telling me the coffee companies can’t group together and sponsor the building of a few more?
Its not only the coffee companies that could have an impact here as the UK only has three recycling facilities to split the plastic lining that makes the cups waterproof, away from the paper components. I’m sorry, don’t we pay enough tax already for the UK government to sort this out?
In an ideal world what would really help this situation is us, the general consumer public, bringing along our own receptacles.
Enter – the ECoffee Cup. My latest obsession. You have to visit their site and pick your favourite immediately! The selling points for me were that they are made of sustainable and naturally sterile bamboo fibre crop, that won’t flavour-taint your drinks, is BPA and phthalate free AND the whole product is dishwasher safe! (Below are some of my fav designs to get you inspired [in no way but wish I was sponsored]).
I love mine (pictured above), it’s one of the smaller versions but I just believe this to be more handbag friendly. I ordered directly from their site, was able to use PayPal AND they delivered super quick! These guys waste no time in trying to save the planet! I’ve tried reusable cups before, but nothing has really stuck. I’m hoping that with the design, protective sleeve and dish-washable aspects, my lazy ass will start getting into a daily habit!
Incase you’d like to participate and BYO cup, below is a useful pic that shows where gets you what discount.
I genuinely feel like its all too easy to just ‘charge more’ when it comes to the current takeaway cups. It really doesn’t stop the problem and it’s not fair on the customer. Applying tax as a deterrent doesn’t stop the problem, it merely slows things down. In my opinion, the UK Government has to get with the program as well as the coffee companies, instead of just people pointing fingers (mostly just at the coffee companies) and leaving the rest up to chance. In the mean time though, I feel a little better that I’ve personally started to opt out of one-use cup consumption.
On a more positive note, kudos to Costa as they will now recycle any takeaway cup, from any brand. Good on them! So if you have to use one hold onto it and take it to your nearest shop. Plus it looks like Starbucks are pledging to develop a fully recyclable and compostable cup! Fingers crossed!