German city offers ingenious alternative to single-use coffee cups

December 5, 2017 by  
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What do you do when you arrive at a coffee shop and realize you’ve forgotten your reusable mug ? Many of us, in need of caffeine, would guiltily accept the disposable cup that may or may not be recyclable. But the city of Freiburg, Germany came up with an inventive solution. They created the Freiburg Cup , which coffee lovers can snag for one Euro and return to participating stores to be cleaned and used again – up to 400 times. In Germany, over 300,000 disposable coffee cups are consumed every single hour, according to Freiburg representatives . And the 2.8 billion disposable cups consumed a year require 43,000 trees, 320 million kilowatt-hours of electricity, 1.5 billion liters of water, and 3,000 tons of crude oil – not to mention many aren’t even recycled . And these resource-intensive cups are typically used for a mere 13 minutes before being tossed out. The city launched the Freiburg Cup around a year ago, and there are now around 107 bakeries and cafes participating. The cups are manufactured in southern Germany. Related: Vancouver on track to kill wasteful single-use packaging Coffee drinkers can obtain the plasticizer- and BPA-free cup comprised of recyclable polypropylene at participating cafes, identifiable by a green sticker in the window. When they’ve finished the beverage, they can return it to any one of those cafes, which will disinfect the containers. The city doesn’t offer a reusable lid, for financial and hygienic reasons, they said. But they seem to think the disposable lids have a good chance of being recycled – when the cup is returned for cleaning, the lids are placed in a yellow bag for recycling. So far the Freiburg Cup has been incredibly successful, according to TreeHugger , with other cities in the country expressing interest. Coffee drinkers can find the locations of participating cafes on the Freiburg Cup website . + Freiburg Cup Via TreeHugger Images via Freiburg Cup ( 1 , 2 , 3 )

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Good Food Awards Announce Year Two Finalists

November 17, 2011 by  
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While you may not have heard of the Good Food Awards, there is a good chance you’ve enjoyed food from some of their winners. The not-for-profit organization celebrates not only the kind of food we should be eating but the kind we want to eat.

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Mitsubishi readies electric i-MiEV for Europe

September 1, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Zero-emission vehicle powered by electric engine. Mitsubishi’s MiEV range of electric cars has seen frequent modifications since 2006. Previously available only in Japan, the company is now revamping the vehicle to make it ready for European countries.

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BP Buys "Oil Spill" Search Terms on Google, Yahoo, and Bing

June 8, 2010 by  
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Image: BP Not Exactly an Unbiased Source of News on Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill…

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Climate Refugees Tell Their Story

June 8, 2010 by  
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Image credit: Good On dry land around the world, people are free to debate the cause and coming impact of climate change. The residents of the Carteret Islanders, however, don’t have that luxury

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Apple iPhone and iPad to Get Embedded Solar Cells?

June 8, 2010 by  
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Image via Good Clean Tech Hot on the heels of the iPhone 4 announcement comes news that perhaps iPhone 5 and the next iteration of the iPad could have a very cool new feature – a solar cell integrated into the touchscreen. Word has it that Apple has filed for a patent for r “media players with integrated touch sensor solar panel surfaces.”… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Toll Revenue May Be Used to Build Bay Bridge Bike Path

February 23, 2010 by  
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Ever wonder what all your highway tolls are used for?

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Hungry For Shrimp? First Read This

October 29, 2009 by  
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Finding sustainable sources of seafood is becoming increasingly difficult.  Should you buy farmed or wild caught?  And what are the most sustainable choices?  I’ve talked about sustainable seafood before , and since shrimp is the most commonly consumed seafood in the United States, you might want to have a bit more information about that shrimp cocktail you’re about to eat. Did you know Americans ate 1.2 Billion pounds of shrimp in 2007, an average of 4.1 pounds of shrimp per person ( figures here )?  This figure is actually a decline from the previous year, in 2006, when the average American ate 4.4 pounds of shrimp.  Now if you consider that 85% of shrimp consumed in the US is imported, and since wild caught shrimp are rarer than ever as fisheries are depleted, there’s a good chance that the shrimp you just ate were farmed and imported to the US. Read more of this story »

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