Is convenience a good enough reason to trash the Earth? Every year for the sake of convenience, 600 billion disposable drinking cups are manufactured and thrown away worldwide. It shouldn’t take more than the brain power of a garden slug to realize that is insane. For the sake of convenience we should destroy our environment? Isn’t it time for human beings to grow up and start acting like adults instead of two year olds? The single use coffee cup is a prime example of how social norms conflict with sustainability. Back when America was great, people drank coffee at home, or at work, or at a restaurant. You drank a cup of coffee, then the cup was washed, dried, and used again. But as the automobile became the center of most people’s universe, to-go cups became all the rage. Coffee in the car. What a concept! The use of single use coffee cups exploded along with franchises like Starbucks and McDonalds, to name a few. The problem with all those drinks containers is they require a thin coating of plastic in order to keep them from leaking. That plastic prevents them from being recyclable, so they just get thrown […]

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