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 to Go Lets You Borrow a Reusable Coffee Cup to Cut Down on Waste

May 22, 2014 by  
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Your daily cup of coffee to go may get you amped for the day, but the countless paper cups are taking a toll on our landfills. Good to Go wants you to think of your coffee routine like a bike sharing program . The service lets users borrow a durable cup each morning that can be returned to a participating location to cut down on waste. Read the rest of Good to Go Lets You Borrow a Reusable Coffee Cup to Cut Down on Waste Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Brooklyn Roasting Company , coffee cup share program , eco design , Good to Go , green design , reusable coffee cups , sustainable design

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Starbucks Testing Paper Cup Recycling in NYC – How About More Reusable Ones, Too?

October 14, 2010 by  
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When searching for images for this story, every photo I could find of a ceramic Starbucks cup from inside a store, was from a non-US location.

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