Some alarming facts about single use cups

  • 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.
  • 4 billion trees, or 35% of the total trees chopped down, are used in paper industries
  • 1 tonne of paper consumes 98 tonnes of resources in manufacture.
  • Globally, we consume nearly 300 million tonnes of paper each year; most made from virgin pulp.
  • Very little recycled paper is used to make disposable cups due to health risk concerns. 
  • 70% of the world's paper comes from diminishing forests, not from plantations or recycling 
  • Consumer trash has increased more than tenfold over the 20th century, from 40kg (90 pounds) to 560kg (1200 pounds) of waste per person, per year.