The Disposable Coffee Cup Problem

Ah, coffee. I’m eleven, I don’t drink it. And its lucky I don’t, because it is bad news for the environment – and here’s why…

A dsposable cofee cup - the enemy
The enemy!

A recent study on the effect of paper coffee cups showed that producing and transporting one cup led to the production of  110 grams of Carbon Dioxide.  That’s twice the worry when we realise you cannot recycle these cups.

The resin based plastic lining in these “disposable”  cups prevents us from recycling them, as this lining can actually exist longer than you! But how can we stop this?

There are so many ways we can help. Buying an in-home coffee machine is one of them. When you make a drink in your kitchen, you use your own cup. Now that (albeit expensive, but worth it) solution means so much. A third of all Australians own coffee machines, YAY THE REVOLUTION!

Another way is to buy a reusable cup (a.k.a. a  KeepCup). I myself enjoy some hot chocolate to go and it is so easy, and eco-friendly. These genius cups can be used for over three years, and one website states:

“There is the same amount of plastic in 20 disposable cups as one small KeepCup”

Mind blown!!

Another coffee cup
The solution

If you think how much these actions would help the disposable cup situation, hen think of Craig Reucassel –  he took major steps by filling an ENTIRE TRAM with disposable coffee cups on his ABC show War on Waste. We Aussies throw away a tram-full of paper cups every 30 seconds – and when a tram-full means 50,000 cups – that’s as bad as you can get.

My mother drinks coffee quite a bit – we travel a lot, and takeaway coffee is inevitable. But a drive-through coffee can turn into a good thing, at least when your reusable cup is in the car!

 

A big, melting, ice cube

The ice in the world is melting at a rapid rate ( yes, even the ice in your water ) at an alarmingly rapid rate. The oceans are getting fuller and colder, Greenland’s ice sheet is melting, and that drink is no longer chilly.

The reason?

Global warming and greenhouse gases.

Greenhouse gases produce what is known as the greenhouse effect. The earth has greenhouse gases in the atmosphere that make energy in a 360 degree direction. Some energy is directed towards the crust of our planet, warming the surface.

One of the most harmful gases is Methane. Methane (Hydrogen Carbide ) in the atmosphere is a potent greenhouse gas with a potential global warming figure of 28 over a 100-year period. it is one of the most harmful gases warming the earth, as it is released in rather large quantities. The concentration of Methane in Earth’s atmosphere has increased by about 150% since 1750. Methane is made by cars, farm animals and other pollutants.

 

 

The polar icecaps are melting at an alarming rate, but by riding your bike or walking to work or school, you can contribute and help reduce the greenhouse gases, slowing down the gradual melting of the polar bears home.

 

(Source: Wikipedia.)

3 ways to stop ocean pollution

The ocean is filling up with waste. Plastic cups, wrappers, and ironically, bin liners.

polluted waters

 

I hate when some show off just thinks they can chuck their rubbish off a wharf, or when some person leaves their rubbish on a beach at low tide and when they come back the next day, it is gone. It’s not right to put animals lives in jeopardy just so you do not have to walk 5 steps to the nearest bin. It makes me sick. Here are 3 ways to help stop ocean pollution.

  • 1 Use a bin

I’m going to make this small and sweet. The person who invented the bin was a genius.  A very rich genius. But yet litter is EVERYWHERE. When you “drop” rubbish the wind blows it, often to river systems, or just blows straight into the ocean. So please, use a bin. Simple, human, concept.

  • 2 NEVER USE BALLOONS OUTSIDE

Balloons. They kill more seabirds than predators do. When you let go of the balloons, they fly up, up into the sky. It is NOT a beautiful sight. It is deadly.

Once the balloons are up, the wind will probably blow them into the ocean, and they will play pretend. They will get really shiny and bright, so the poor, poor bird thinks to itself ” ooo, a fish!” and will gobble it up and ( brace yourselves for the gory bit) once the balloon is in the bird, it will be full, but be unable to digest. Ergo, the bird will stay full, not eat, get no nutrients and die (gore over).

So please, every time  balloon flies away, a bird dies. Please save the birds!

  • 3 Pick up rubbish

Whenever you see rubbish PLEASE pick it up. Just bending over can save so many animals. When someone devotes a moment of their time to just picking up rubbish, it saves the ocean.

Thank you for reading, and keep up the good work.