Bring your own mug to the Liptonbar. Reuse and reduce your environmental footprint •••••••• Coffee mug vs. Paper cup
●Source: summary of "Reusable vs. Disposable – Which one is better for the environment?" Written By: Jessica Correa, M.A. Sustainability Studies - Founder, Random Acts of Green (2018)
Which is more environmental friendly? Let's look at the life cycle analysis. The concept looks at the entire life of a product from production to disposal. This includes the raw materials, the production, the usage, disposal and the energy that is needed through out the proces. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• ●Coffee mug
Looking at materials, production, usage and disposal one on one the mug is way worse than a paper cup. A ceremic mug uses 70% more energy during manufactering than other materials, but it has a lifespan of 3000 uses (8 years). To win the benefits of being more enviromental friendly the mug has to be at least used a 1000 times based on the fact that you only have one mug. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• ●Paper cup
Production cost 80% less energy than other reusable products, but when looking at the usage the story quickly becomes worse. When realizing that you only use the paper cup once and adding up how many drinks are sold per day in paper cups the sum is worse than the benefits. Plus the cup is based on a one use only and thus has a lifespan of 45 minutes And most of the time cups end up in the wrong bin and wont be recycled at all. •••••••••••••••••••••••• ●Conclusion. It all depends on how you use either of the products. Tips for being more environmental friendly with both products.
Mug: have only one, rinse with cold water, give away mugs you don't use, use your mug at least 1000 to 3000 times and use a environmental friendly dishwasher at the end of the day
Paper cup: use it more than once, rinse it with cold water, throw it away in a the designated paper cup bin so it can be recycled again. ••••••• ●The message is simple reuse, reduce and recycle. #randomactsofgreen #sustainability