Coffee Cups

Single use vs Reusable

Single use

  • Most coffee cups have a thin plastic lining making them unsuitable for recycling.
  • It takes around 30 years for a coffee cup to decompose in a landfill or ocean.
  • Approximately 16 billion coffee cups are thrown away each year in the UK.


  • There are multiple alternatives for consumers and businesses.
  • Biodegradable cups take approximately 3-6 months to decompose and a reusable cup can last a lifetime if it’s looked after!
  • Lots of coffee shops give discounts for bringing your own cup, so it helps your bank account too!