Over on the plastic free July site, they state the ‘Top 4’ types of plastic to try and reduce.
The Top 4 are:
Coffee cup lids
That got us thinking about how you can get your caffeine fix when out and about without using any plastic!
We’ve learned that Starbucks offers discounts to customers who use an environmentally-friendly reusable cup.
The Starbucks reusable cup, made of a material lighter than Starbucks ceramic tumblers, costs £1.
Customers who use their reusable cup receive a 25p discount off their Starbucks drink every time they use it ; which means after 4 cups of coffee you’ll start making some money!
In the office you could take your own mug to work if you have access to a kitchen, but what about people who have to rely on vending machines?
Traditional vending machine cups are made from paper laminated with plastic, making them difficult to recycle.
Fortunately someone is on the case!
British entrepreneur and engineer Martin Myerscough, has devised an alternative to make recycling easier.
Green your Cup
The Green Your Cup has a thin film liner that is designed to separate easily from the paper in the recycling process, leaving 100% paper which can then be recycled.
The cups can be thrown into paper recycling bins. The company is currently in talks with coffee shop chains and supermarkets in the hope that the product can be rolled out nationally before the end of the year.
In the meantime, we’ve spotted the “I am not a paper cup” – a double walled, thermal porcelain cup with silicone lid which can be reused.
What about you? How do you avoid plastic coffee cup lids when out and about?