Single use plastics are widely used across the world with every consumer alike. Whether it be coffee from your favourite shop or a thirst quenching bottle of water from your local convenient store – single use plastic cups and bottles pop up everywhere.
It’s said that Canadians use approximately 2.5 Billion Litres of bottled water per year and 14 Billion single use coffee cups every year.
8.3 Billion Metric Tonnes of plastic has been generated since the 1950s, most of which being in the last 10 years and only 23% of waste thus far has been recycled.
HOW HEAVY IS 8.3 BILLION TONNES?
TO GIVE THIS PERSPECTIVE – 1 BILLION ELEPHANTS ARE APPROXIMATELY 7.5 METRIC TONNES
There are plenty of things we can change in our daily lives to ensure we cut down on our single cup/single use plastic consumption. Here are a few things we can do.
Similar to meal prepping on a Sunday – it’s important to always be prepared and think well in advance about your week ahead. Ensure that you’ve packed your reusable coffee mug or your reusable water container in advance of leaving the house. This will ensure hydration on the go and that your caffeine kick keeps you moving through the day.
BE MINDFUL ABOUT YOUR VENDOR CHOICES
There are plenty of local coffee shops or fast food places that will happily fill your reusable containers or mugs. If you come across a shop that has a problem with filling up your cup – it’s simple – steer clear.
As well, if you must use a single use coffee cup or beverage container (because lets face it, we all have those lazy or forgetful days) be mindful of the company you are purchasing it from. There are some places in the City of Toronto that have opted for plastic free containers or plastic free coffee cups.
Did you know: If you bring your reusable mug into Starbucks – you will receive 10 cents off your order – WIN!
PREPARING COFFEE & DRINKS AT HOME
There’s nothing better than sitting in your robe with a cup of fresh brewed coffee in the morning. Why not try to have your coffee in a ceramic mug before leaving home? This will ensure the caffeine kick keeps you going all day while you stay clear of coffee shops completely. This saving you money and a single use coffee cup.