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The Impact Of Takeaway Cups On The Environment

by Rebecca Veksler on January 20, 2022

The Impact Of Takeaway Cups On The Environment.

"The world drinks 400 billion coffees a year and in New Zealand, we're slurping coffee and biffing the cups away at record speed. 

We toss away 100 million cups a year and the final resting place of those cups are overcrowded landfills. 

A hundred million crushed cups an enough to fill nearly two Olympic swimming pools, or a rugby field 60 cm deep of coffee cup waste, or a cone as high as the Sky Tower. Laid end to end, the cup waste each year would take the nation from New Zealand to Honolulu." (Source:, from the article, Why coffee lovers are polluting NZ landfills)

Imagine that for every 100 SoL Cups sold, that's 75,000 single-use cups saved from landfills/our oceans. So if 1 million SoLmates in the NZ committed to using a reusable coffee cup, we could save over 750 million from landing in landfills just in the NZ. Which sounds like a lot, but is just a drop in the ocean! 1 million people is only 3% of the population. When you start to talk numbers it just blows your mind! 

What's a good SoLution?

There are four practical things that you can do to reduce coffee cup landfills that will not mean giving up your daily coffee ritual.

  • Don't take away 
  • Bring your own reusable SoL Cup

Here are some more facts:

Disposable paper cups contain 5% polyurethane plastic, making composting and recycling of disposable cups extremely rare. Half a trillion disposable cups are manufactured annually around the world; that’s over 70 disposable cups for every person on the planet. Most plastic used in the world today is for single-use items.
Very little recycled paper is used to make disposable cups due to health risk concerns.