Why Reuse a Cup? – Recycling Paper Cups

Have you ever thought about why you should reuse a cup? In 2011, 23 billion paper cups were thrown away in the U.S. alone. Every time you buy a coffee, a paper cup is thrown out. This seriously adds up! Most coffee shops provide discounts for bringing a reusable cup instead. We need people to understand the basics and benefits of recycling.

Over a year, this can add up to big savings, not only on your pocketbook but on the environment. Over 50% of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee daily. This represents over 150 million daily drinkers. Americans throw away an astonishing average 25 billion paper cups each and every year.

Source: Factory Direct Promos

Infographic why reuse a cup?

Infographic Summary: Why Reuse a Cup

  • Every four paper cups manufactured = 12 ┬ápound of CO2 emissions

What does it take to create one paper cup?

  • 43 grams of wood
  • 4.1 grams of petroleum
  • 1.8 grams of chemicals

Save a cup for 40 years and also save:

  • 24 Trees
  • 1800 pounds of wood

Annual Consumption in the U.S in 2011:

  • 25 Billion cups used
  • 9.4 Billion trees cut down
  • 363 billion pounds of waste

Next time you are going for that second beverage, don’t think just reuse the cup and you are helping save the environment.