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November: Reusable Cup Month

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If 30 people sign up to stop using disposable cups for one month (November), then we will all commit to switching to reusable cups.


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Maggie Smith

Short description:

This CollAction project is an initiative from students at the Green Living Lab Student Bootcamp. We propose a CollAction in which we replace our disposable cups with reusable cups for all of our takeaway drinks for one month (November). We hope that we will not only change our own behaviour by taking part in this challenge, but also inspire other people to grab their funkiest mug from the counter and take it out on the go to reduce their personal waste. For more fun events at the Green Living Lab, check out the facebook page at: www.facebook.com/groenelevenlab

Start date: 13 Oct 2017

End date: 31 Oct 2017

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When you are on the go, it is easy to forget that the little things you do can have a big impact. Take that cup of coffee you pick up at the café on the way to work; have you ever thought about where it goes after you’ve had your morning pick-me-up? And what about the multitude of other people who also grab a hot drink whilst they are out and about? In the UK alone, 8 million disposable cups are thrown away every single day [1], and globally 500 billion cups are produced and used [2]. Many of these cups are a mixture of plastic and paper, making recycling in the regular way impossible; in the UK, only 1 in 400 of these cups is recycled [1]. Thankfully, we can cut down on our waste production without cutting out coffee completely! Reusable cup brands such as KeepCup and ecoffee cup are great options, or you can grab your favourite mug. [1] The Guardian. 2016. Caffeine hit: what happens to Britain's 3bn empty coffee cups? [2] CHOICE. 2017. Let’s grab a coffee – billions of them.

If 30 people sign up to stop using disposable cups for one month (November), then we will all commit to switching to reusable cups.

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An interesting documentary about the situation in the UK is Hugh’s War on Waste: The Battle Continues, Episode 3.

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This CollAction project is an initiative from students at the Green Living Lab Student Bootcamp. For more fun events at the Green Living Lab, check out the facebook page at: www.facebook.com/groenelevenlab