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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Bulk Barn Finally Ditches the Mandatory Plastic Bags

February 16, 2017 by  
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A little under a year ago, inspired by zero-waste gurus Bea Johnson and Lauren Singer, I tried to live zero waste for a week. I wrote about my experiences here — the good, the bad and the ugly. Before starting out on this weeklong experiment,…

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Dear mayors: Connect sustainable development to climate action

October 10, 2016 by  
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Our SDGs Letter Project is a call to action. A little over a year ago, the U.N.

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Reclaimed Chinese Banners Turned into Reusable Totes

June 13, 2012 by  
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As China emerges as a global industry giant and its population expands, so comes a huge amount of advertising. When Michele Santoro and Gyda Bjorg moved to China just under a year ago, they noticed that the country’s businesses come and go quickly,…

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GOP Climate Change Denial is Making More People Believe in Climate Change

September 16, 2011 by  
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Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr/CC BY According to a new poll, a lot more Americans believe in climate change right now than they did a year ago. Surprise! 83% of Americans said they believed that global warming was happening, and 72% even said that humans were to blame. So what’s causing the spike in belief? As Mat pointed out in his post today, it’s probably a combination of things. Extreme weat… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Police Helicopter Chases Bear Away From Joggers With Baby (Video)

September 16, 2011 by  
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Screen shot from police helicopter video In southern Ontario, some of the biggest development pressures are on land around Lake Simcoe, less than an hour from downtown Toronto, with a four lane highway inching north. There are huge fights going on to preserve the lake, to control development. And sometimes you see real evidence that we are pushing into territory that is already occupied, like this afternoon, when two people out jogging with a baby stroller got stopped in their tracks by a black bear in the middle of the road…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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BREAKING: New Oil Slick Near Deepwater Horizon Well Stretches for 10 Miles

August 31, 2011 by  
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We recently reported on a new oil leak at the site of last year’s devastating Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and now a massive slick of oil has been spotted that stretches for nearly 10 miles . Last year, nearly 210 million gallons of crude oil spilled into the gulf before it was finally stopped . Despite numerous sightings and heightened anxiety within the area, BP Spokesman Justin Saia announced last week that “Neither BP nor the Coast Guard has seen any scientific evidence that oil is leaking from the Macondo well, which was permanently sealed almost a year ago.” Read the rest of BREAKING: New Oil Slick Near Deepwater Horizon Well Stretches for 10 Miles Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: deepwater horizon , deepwater horizon oil spill , gulf of mexico oil spill , oil , oil spill , renewed oil leak

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Communities Designed For Cars Aren’t Just Unsustainable, They’re Deadly

July 26, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: Ulybug via Flickr/CC BY You’ve likely heard about the story of Raquel Nelson ( Lloyd has done a number of good posts on the sad tale): Nearly a year ago, her 4 year-old son was killed by a drunk driver as they crossed the street with the rest of their family. Nelson and her daughter were injured, too. The drunk driver ended up serv… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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The TreeHugger Recap: Monday, July 25, 2011

July 26, 2011 by  
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Photo Credit: Dan O’Connor , Flickr Creative Commons Attribution License . With ~30+ new posts on TreeHugger.com each weekday, we understand if you miss a post here and there. To keep you up-to-date, here’s what we covered on Monday, July 25, 2011…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Toshiba Releases Solar Powered e-Reader

December 23, 2010 by  
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Image via Technabob Solar powered e-readers.

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