• Nicola Revill

Reduce, Reuse

Ever wondered what actually happens to your coffee cup after you’ve thrown it away?

One of the Greening Government Commitment targets is to reduce our waste going to landfill to less than 10%. We are currently sending only 9% but we can do better.

Fortunately, most of the waste we produce at the The Greenhouse can be recycled. Even the takeaway cups, food packaging and wooden cutlery can go into the brown food waste bins to be composted.

But only waste that’s correctly put into our recycling bins is reclaimed in this way, so it’s important that we dispose of our waste the right way.

Non-compostable coffee cups, used paper towels, polystyrene and packaging with food waste on it still have to go to landfill – and if we “contaminate” our recycling with any of these items (and particularly food residue), it can lead to whole batches having to go to landfill or incineration.

By recycling, we are reducing our carbon footprint.

• One recycled tin can can save enough energy to power a television for three hours.

• One recycled glass bottle can save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes.

• One recycled plastic bottle can save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for 3 hours.

• 70% less energy is required to recycle paper compared with making it from raw materials.

So you can see that if we all do our bit, it very quickly adds up to some massive savings.

How can you be less trashy and recycle more? Take a few extra seconds and check labels on products to see if they can be recycled. Products you’ve been buying for years could have updated their packaging to become recyclable.

Make sure you know what can and can’t be recycled at work. Remember that some things you recycle at home can’t be recycled at your workplace and vice-versa, so always check bins for instructions before you recycle.

We know no one likes sending things to landfill, but if it can’t be recycled, it’s really important to put it in the right bin to avoid recycling contamination.

If you do see something that isn’t currently suitable for re-cycling, let your fingers do the talking and contact their social media feeds and ask the question, most companies are quick to respond and provide information about their current situation, but the more people who challenge them, hopefully the quicker we will see more and more companies, large or small doing their bit to reduce unnecessary items ending up in landfill or our oceans.

Of course, one way to avoid your daily hit of caffeine contributing to land fill is to use your own reusable cup, of course the benefits is it’s 100% reusable (obviously) and you will be enjoying your coffee in it for years to come.

At The Greenhouse we sell beautiful glass cups which no paper cup can match. They look aesthetically pleasing and because it isn’t lined with products it also ensures there are zero toxins in your hot drink (the glue used to hold the cups together can dissolve into your drink) Over time, that’s a lot of harmful substances you’re putting into your body.

Glass is the purest material for a coffee cup and contain no harmful chemicals or coatings, all you get is the great taste of the coffee. Also it’s super heat-resistant so remains hotter for longer and the silicone smooth-feeling sleeve makes for a great grip, allowing you to hold onto your drink in a comfortable way. It won’t slip through your fingers. Also, it creates a degree of insulation that will prevent your hand from getting burned when you touch your cup. The hot drink will remain hot on the inside, but you won’t have to suffer for it on the outside.

And if that doesn’t make you swap to using your own reusable cup, we also offer a discount on all take-out hot drinks if you bring your own cup, now that’s just plain sensible ☺

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