The barista at Starbucks doesn’t mind using your reusable cups. In fact they are happy to do it, because they too know what’s best for the nature (of course I can’t speak for every barista). Many people just don’t want the hassle or are embarrassed to ask. The discovery of plastic brought us an easy going and simplified lifestyle. It has brought the consumerism to a higher level. It seems almost impossible not to consume something that is made with plastic or disposable packaging. From laptops, clothes, footwear, carpets or cosmetics, plastic seems to take over all industries. With this plastic fever came disposable cups and bottles that made our lives much easier, but are ruining our planet and all living animals on it, including ourselves.

The productions of plastic

The production and proliferation of plastic has since the 1950’s raised so quickly it has created 9.1 billion tons of trash[1]. This is equivalent of approx. 1, 25 million Eiffel Towers! If we continue consuming plastic like we are nowadays, studies predict that 13.2 billion tons of plastic will be filling the landfills by 2050. [2] How many of these disposable products could we easily have avoided, and how many just with reusable cups? When you go to a bar or coffee shop, your beverage is often served in a plastic cup. It doesn’t matter if it is a coffee, tea, juice or beer. Do we really need that? And do we really need to buy soft drinks or water that comes in plastic bottles or with a plastic straw? (I’ll get to the plastic straws in a later post)

Plastic can take from up to 400 – 1000 years to degrade[3], which means that all plastic made until today still exists. So where is all that plastic?

Mind the Trash Use reusable cups and bottles

All the amount of plastic that has not been recycled, which is 91%, has ended up in landfills. However a huge amount also ends up in the oceans without us knowing about it. This causes great harm to birds and sea animals and thereby to us. I truly advise you to watch a documentary called “Plastic Ocean” by Plastic Oceans Limited,  showing very clearly what this frenetic consumption of plastic is causing. Think of the difference we could make from just having reusable cups and refusing disposable cups at Starbucks!

Micro-plastic fibres

If you think that separating your plastic for the recycle bin is enough, unfortunately you’re wrong. Some plastic items are recycled to make synthetic clothing. When you wash them, super tiny pieces of plastic fibers, are washed of, going down the drains. These end up in rivers and oceans, being eaten by fish and then by us. Check the clothes you’re wearing now and see if it contains Acrylic or Polyester for example. Just a single wash can release 700,000 micro-plastic fibres[4]!

Plastic in Salt

If there is so much plastic on our planet and in our oceans, did you ever consider that maybe the salt you consume also contains plastic? A Scientific Report published in April 2017, analysed 17 salt brand from 8 different countries (Austria, France, Iran, Japan, Malasya, New Zealand, Portugal and South Africa) and microplastics were absent in only ONE of the brands. In the study, amongst others, three brands from Portugal were analysed. The analysis showed that one of these brands contained the largest amount found of a compound called Phthalocyanine. This compound is widely used in dyeing, and there was found 3 times as many particles than in any other brand analysed.

Another salt brand in Portugal was found to be the one with highest amount of Polyethylene, a particle widely used in plastic bags, plastic films and bottles[5]

What do you say about making a difference, refusing disposable plastics and start using your own cups and bottles?

JOCO Cups – Ridiculously Stylish Reusable Cups

Mind The Trash wants to provide better alternatives for a greener planet. All the products we sell are chosen with a purpose.  In our online Store you will find stylish reusable cups – Joco Cups – and you can order different sizes and colours!

Joco cups are made from a non-porous and high quality borosilicate glass, free from harmful chemicals, like BPA, and you can even put in in your microwave or dishwasher! Why not join this movement? Buy a reusable cup and start saving the earth from disposable products.

[1] “A Whopping 91% of Plastic Isn’t Recycled” & “8.3 billion metric tons”

[2] “8.3 billion metric tons”

[3]  “ Plastic Bags In Landfill – Not A Problem”

[4] “Single clothes wash may release 700,000 microplastic fibres, study finds”

[5] “The presence of microplastics in commercial salts from different countries”

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