There are millions of cups of coffee that are sold to consumers on a daily basis and it makes it virtually impossible to keep up with the constantly growing numbers.

However, there is one thing that we do know and can keep track of and that is the number of disposable coffee cups that merchants have to keep in stock in order to meet the demands of their customers

Even though we have a vast number of people who are advocates of everything green, we are still faced with the dilemma of how we can keep the environment safe and green —- and it will probably be a long time coming before the worlds favorite morning drink will come in a cup that will be recyclable and environmentally friendly 100% of the time.

With that being said, there is not a coffee shop in the world that doesn’t make use of ordering the coffee takeaway cup, if they did not, it wouldn’t be long before they would be out of business.

Coffee cups are designed with several different layers, this is especially important because consumers need to be able to protect their hands from the hot liquid while they are holding the cup and keeps the cup from becoming soggy. Also the convenience of the lid allows them to drink their coffee while at the same time be able to minimize spilling the drink in their car or to wherever they may be heading.

After you have finished drinking your coffee it stands to reason that the next thing you do with it is toss it in the garbage. No matter how many times days the cups get tossed away, people do it without giving it any more thought. There are some consumers who repeat the process every day, several times a day, and others at least several times a week. These disposable coffee cups are one of the barista’s most important orders—and the consumer’s most convenient way to carry his/her cup of coffee.

However, when you stop to think about it, there is a downside to the morning’s most loveable cup and that is, for the most part, even though we may be environmentally conscious, the cup will not be part of a recycling process. This is especially true if you are receiving the cup that feels as though it has a slightly waxy coating on it. The caveat is that many of the disposable cups are coated with plastic and this is what prohibits them from being recycled. It has been said that it will take the infamous coffee cup a long period of about two decades in the landfill before it finally decomposes.

This is one of the reasons many coffee shops are strong advocates of displaying reusable coffee mugs on display racks in their shops. Many of these hard plastic reusable cups will have the coffee shop’s brand or logo embossed somewhere on the reusable mug or thermal type coffee container. This is a useful idea because the next time the consumers want to get a cup of coffee he or she will be able to bring their “keep cup” into the store and fill it up.

Research shows that Americans alone consume over 400 million cups of coffee a day. With that being said, if you are one of the consumers that purchase a cup of hot tea or hot coffee every day, statistics indicate that you will end up creating approximately 23 pounds of waste per year.

Nevertheless, it may be interesting to ponder the fact that the lifespan of your cup may outlive you once it arrives in the landfill.

However, if you are ever in need of its convenience, they will always be at your disposal.