Wednesday, 24 January 2018

The easiest way to save £39 from your coffee

Small changes make a big difference. I am by no means perfect, there is so much more I could do to help the environment but the society we live in makes it very hard for the average consumer to do the right thing, and most people are blissfully unaware of the damage that is caused by something like their weekly shop. The abundance of plastic that the western world use to package their food is crazy and then we absent mindedly throw it away without a thought to where it goes.
To solve the issue would take a worldwide contribution, which I don’t see happening any time soon, however if we were all to make some small changes to our everyday habits then collectively it would have a huge impact. Sometimes I struggle with the realisation that I am just one person in this big world so anything I do can’t change all the bad that is happening and I feel overwhelmed; then I think that for everything I am doing to help is all part of the bigger picture if there are more people like me doing it as well. The more I mention things to my friends and family the more I see them making small changes as well, so I may be just one person but my actions and efforts are making a difference.

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Half a million takeaway cups litter Britain's streets every day

A few months ago I bought myself a reusable takeaway cup after learning that the paper cups we get from coffee shops aren’t recyclable due to the waterproof coating. There are some shocking statistics of how many cups are used per year in the UK alone, and most of them make their way to landfill. Our love of takeaway coffee means that we waste an average of 2.5 billion paper cups per year, that’s a number that I struggle to comprehend. Because of the waterproof layer inside the cup that stops your latte ending up in your lap, only 1 in every 400 cups is actually recycled and half a million of those cups end up on the streets of Britain every day!

The truth of the matter is that this issue is relatively easy to solve or at the very least reduce dramatically, and that comes in the form of reusable cups. You can pick them up on every highstreet, they aren’t hard to get hold of, nor are they expensive. I have a starbucks plastic cup that cost £1, yeah that’s right £1! It won’t last forever because it isn’t the toughest plastic out there but it looks just like a standard starbucks cup and the cardboard sleeves fit them just fine. They don’t leak and you can fit a small or medium sized coffee in them and best of all, all the big coffee chains offer a 25p discount on your coffee if you use your own cup. So invest in a £1 cup and in 4 coffee’s time it’s paid for itself, win win! 

Pret have recently doubled their discount from 25p to 50p which is great news and they offer some other great incentives in their stores too, like plenty of tasty vegan food options and their veggie pret stores have filtered water fountains so you can refill your bottle for free.

The government have been discussing bringing in a 25p levy on takeaway coffee which means if you don’t hurry up and invest in your own takeaway cup then a cup of coffee could soon cost you an extra 25p per time. If that’s not a big enough incentive then I don’t know what it. In fact if you buy around 3 coffee's per week then that's a saving of £39 per year just for using your own cup!

There are some really cute travel cups out there so there really isn’t a reason not to invest in one, my favourite one at the moment is my flamingo cup by Sara Millen, how insanely adorable is it? There's a whole flamingo range but that's for a different time so be still my beating heart. 

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In case you were wondering, the lovely black midi dress I'm wearing is from Pretty Little Thing and was a total steal for only a tenner! If you're interested you can find it here.

Thanks for reading, I hope this article has opened your eyes to something you may not have been aware of. Let me know your thoughts on this topic.

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