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Every hour...

Americans throw away 25 billion styrofoam coffee cups every year, and 2.5 million plastic beverage bottles every hour.

Recycling Figure

In 2006, only 24.7 percent of plastic beverage bottles were recycled representing only 1.11 million tons recycled of the 4.47 million tons of bottles sold.

Cost of bottled water

Bottled water can cost up to 10,000 times as much per gallon as tap water.

Americans consume...

Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day or equivalent to 146 billion cups of coffee per year, making the United States the leading consumer of coffee in the world


If you buy just one cup of coffee or tea in a disposable cup every day, you’ll end up creating about 23 lbs of waste in one year.

Co2 emissions

According to a study conducted by Starbucks and the Alliance for the Environmental Innovation (April 2000), each paper cup manufactured is responsible for 0.24 lbs of CO2 emissions.


The dangers of the evil styrofoam:

Styrofoam cannot be completely recycled. Most of the Styrofoam disposed of today will still be present in landfills 500 years from now.

office worker

The average American office worker uses about 500 disposable cups every year.

robin martin

Rob Martin, the Vice President of Merchandising and Production for Tully’s Coffee, estimated the 2006 use usage at 16 billion paper cups.

paper industry

According to the paper industry, Americans will consume an estimated 23 billion paper coffee cups in 2010.


A report conducted jointly by the Alliance for Environmental Innovation and Starbucks found that 1.9 billion cups were used by Starbucks in 2000.  In 2006, Starbucks reported that this figure had grown to 2.3 billion cups for use at their stores.

university of wa

At the University of Washington, a college of roughly 42 thousand students, the Housing and Food Services Department estimates that 5000 paper coffee cups are thrown away every school day.

minimizing waste

In 2003, Starbucks found that coffee drinkers used reusable cups an estimated 13.5 million times, which kept 586,800 pounds of garbage out of landfills.  In 2006, this number increased to 17 million and an estimated 674,000 pounds of avoided waste.