Did you know that 2017 marked a somewhat dubious 30th anniversary: that of the modern single-use paper cup? Over those 30 years, a shocking 2 trillion single-use cups have sadly ended up in landfill.
The UK throws away 2.5 billion paper cups every year. The average lifespan of a single-use cup is 13 minutes and less than 1% get recycled because of the plastic used in their construction.
The good news is that society is becoming more and more aware of the problems with single-use plastics and there are companies out there who are taking on the challenge of finding alternatives, one such company is Ecoffee Cup.
During a visit to Wroxham Barns while I was on holiday on the Norfolk Broads I came across Ecoffee Cups and was blown away by their lovely colourful designs, practical features and the fact that they are made from the world’s fastest-growing, most sustainable crop; bamboo fibre and is BPA and phthalate free.
I was super excited when I found the Ecoffee Cups. It is hard to believe that something made from bamboo can hold water but amazingly it does and because it is naturally sterile and therefore don’t taint your beverage with any unwanted flavours.
When I first picked up the cup I noticed it was thicker than a paper one and found it had a pleasant weight to it which was reassuring as I knew the cup wouldn’t easily fall over. It comes with a handy matte food-grade silicone no-drip sealable lid and sleeve to protect you from hot drinks. The cup and parts are all dishwasher safe.
As well as the practical and environmental benefits the Ecoffee Cups I love their aesthetic; the cups come in a wide range of fun, contemporary patterns including collaborations with Project Waterfall, Tiny Garden & William Morris.
When you consider that consumer waste has increased more than ten times over the 20th century, from 40kg to 560kg of waste per person, per year finding alternatives to single-use plastic cups should be high on everyone’s priority list.
I have really loved using my Ecoffee Cup. I have found it to be both a practical way to enjoy hot and cold drinks on the go as well as an attractive way to help reduce single-use plastics. Also, the lid is a great way to keep bugs out of your drink if you’re enjoying a coffee by a river!
I award the Ecoffee Cup 5 out of 5 stars!
Do you use a reusable cup for your drinks?