Monday, July 12, 2010

Using Less Plastic with Reusable Cups

Is there anything better than a nice plastic cup? Chances are, you've never once thought that. Your favorite cups are probably reusable ones that are ceramic, stainless steel, or glass. Despite that, millions of people use billions of plastic cups every year. A reasonable solution to the world's landfill and pollution problems are smack dab in front of our faces, but we persist and still keep using disposable plastic cups.

There are five core reasons why you should be using reusable cups instead of disposable plastic cups.

1. Plastic cups never biodegrade. They might break down, but they never truly biodegrade. Instead, they wind up in the environment, breaking down into tiny, toxic plastic bits.

2. Drinks taste better in a reusable cup. No one ever called them reusable cups before disposable cups existed, but it's true, the plastic affects the taste of water and other drinks.

3. There simply aren't enough resources available for everyone on the planet to get a new cup every time they're thirsty, then throw it away. The idea seems kind of silly when you think about it, doesn't it?

4. The production of plastic has a highly destructive process to the environment. Not only is the plastic itself bad, but the emissions and by product produced are also negative consequences of the process. Even recycling plastic takes more energy and resources that could otherwise be saved by simply using a reusable cup.

5. Plastic contains trace elements of potentially harmful chemicals like BPA and phthalates. These are especially harmful to children, but have also been linked to cancer. In Europe, more aggressive measures to avoid BPA and phthalates are being taken than in the USA as the result of many scientific studies.

Besides these five core elements, you'll also see a benefit of cost savings if you bring a reusable cup to the store. It might also encourage others to go reusable with their cups just by watching you use yours.

You can read more about the eco friendly reusable Eco Cup on this page, or shop for reusable stainless steel water bottles, kids stainless steel bottles, and BPA free drinkware at TheGreenerEarth.com today!

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