Coffee anyone?

A decent cup of coffee is something to enjoy.  A great cup of coffee is something to savor.  Mediocre, good or great, coffee is generally lousy when luke warm.  The vessel we chose to drink our beverage can make a world of difference so this blog is my pitch to try to get you to consider switching to a long term, reusable coffee container.

Disposable paper and styrofoam cups are easy, I know, but there are consequences for relying on a road of expediency.  Here are some stats on number of disposable cups tossed each day.  I’ll hyper link the sources so you can verify and/or gleam some additional info.

  • Americans throw away 25,000,000,000 styrofoam coffee cups every year.  What that means is that I threw away about 80 styrofoam cups this year.  That’s not necessary.
  • Americans’ consume more than 16,000,000,000 paper cups every year.  The vast majority of these cups are made from 100% bleached virgin paper.  The paper industry is estimating we’ll up our cup consumption to 23 billion in 2010!  Paper cup use in 2006 accounted for 4 billion gallons of water used, 6.5 million trees cut down, and 4,884 billion BTU’s of energy used.
  • It is estimated that paper cups accounted for 252 million pounds of garbage resting in landfills.  These cups break down and release CO2 and methane into the atmosphere causing substantial damage to our ozone layer and trapping green house gases.

The statistics suggest we move away from disposable cups and the benefits of shifting to a permanent cup are substantial as well.

  • Your drink stays hot for MUCH longer and is now portable (assuming you invest in a cup with a sealing lid).
  • Stainless steel does not influence flavor.
  • You are conveying a positive message in your decision to those around you.
  • Most coffee shops will discount your purchase when you bring your own cup.

With the new year fast approaching, please consider buying yourself, your loved ones and your coworker the holiday present that will keep on giving: a coffee thermos.  I spent $28 on mine (REI purchase) and have had it for over 2 years now.  I love my coffee cup and think you might too.

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