I don't usually visit this coffe chain, but anyway, I asked for a real mug for my coffee cos I was going to stay there to drink it. The two employees looked to each other as "What was that? Do we have something like that?".
After some seconds one of them came back from his lethargy and quickly looked for one THAT WAS HIDDEN SOMEWHERE INSIDE A CUPBOARD. THEY DON´T HAVE REAL CUPS ON DISPLAY ON ANY STARBUCKS I HAVE BEEN THESE DAYS IN NEW YORK.
Dear customer: ASF FOR REAL CUPS IF YOU ARE STAYING IN THE COFFE SHOP!!!
Dear fashion victims: to look very bussy with your iphone on one hand and your paper cup on the other IS NOT COOL. IS TOTALLY OUT AND FROM A GONEBYE ERA!!!
Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day or equivalent to 146 billion cups of coffee per year, making the United States the leading consumer of coffee in the world
If you buy just one cup of coffee or tea in a disposable cup every day, you’ll end up creating about 23 lbs of waste in one year.
According to a study conducted by Starbucks and the Alliance for the Environmental Innovation (April 2000), each paper cup manufactured is responsible for 0.24 lbs of CO2 emissions.
The average American office worker uses about 500 disposable cups every year.
Rob Martin, the Vice President of Merchandising and Production for Tully’s Coffee, estimated the 2006 use usage at 16 billion paper cups. According to the paper industry, Americans will consume an estimated 23 billion paper coffee cups in 2010.
A report conducted jointly by the Alliance for Environmental Innovation and Starbucks found that 1.9 billion cups were used by Starbucks in 2000. In 2006, Starbucks reported that this figure had grown to 2.3 billion cups for use at their stores.
In 2003, Starbucks found that coffee drinkers used reusable cups an estimated 13.5 million times, which kept 586,800 pounds of garbage out of landfills. In 2006, this number increased to 17 million and an estimated 674,000 pounds of avoided waste.
Coffee waste has grown so dramatically that it now generates a disproportionate amount of all paper and cardboard waste, which makes up 40% of all solid waste going to landfills.
Unlike newspaper and cardboard boxes, disposable paper cups are not recyclable. This is because of the polystyrene coating on the cups that is required to make them waterproof. Besides not being recyclable, manufacturing this coated paper stock is very energy intensive, produces greenhouse gases, results in loss of trees, and degradation of natural ecosystems. And all of these cups needs to be transported to coffee shops. By the time a disposable cup reaches your hand, it has caused 0.25 lbs of CO2 to be emitted into the atmosphere (same as driving ¼ mile). You get the idea.
The good news is that there’s a simple solution: use re-usable coffee mugs.
Sources: http://www.carryyourcup.org/get-the-facts - http://www.sustainablelafayette.org/monthly-tips/kick-the-paper-coffee-cup-habit/