Manjinder Singh

Photo captured out of Columbia college on the side walk


Awareness about Coffee cups


We are nearing the dooms day of our environment and specific actions must be taken to change the situation. Drinking coffee a healthy choice to start the day whereas a cigarette, not really. But both of them share a common flaw of being hazardous to the environment. Addressing the seriousness of threats posed to environmental sustainability and initiating support with a sense of embracing change in attitude is crucial.

Throwing away your paper cup in the recycling bin is a preconceived notion of doing your part for sustainability of the environment but the present situation is contradicting this popular belief. Researcher Hanna Ziada in her study titled “Disposable cups waste reduction study” stated that “The IPSOS focus groups in 2009indicated that almost all participants believed coffee cups are recyclable in Toronto” (Ziada). According to my research the above indication is completely false. In Fact statement from article by Ziada said “The city of Toronto has clearly stated that paper coffee cups are not recyclable in Toronto (Solid waste management system, 2008). Numbers reveled after the research about the amount of cups used is shocking for a concerned writer like me and my fellow students and staff members in the college. Abbie Uychiat in his article “Planet care: Does your coffee drinking habit harms the environment” he reveals stats of 7 billion cups being used in Great Britain on a daily basis. The United Kingdom being considerably lesser in area than Canada raises the question how serious is the situation in Canada; the problem in Canada is much more to be concerned about. As the next generation the future of our environment lye’s in our hands. As consumer few possible ways of tackling problems are to be devised and must be followed.


After addressing the problems solutions must be posed. After Ziada observed the buying green scheme by the government of Toronto, she first and foremost suggests that consumers must be informed that the coffee cups are not recyclable; another worth mentioning point was to urge the staff on the front line of the coffee selling joint to ask if they need a paper cup and provision of alternatives at the point of sale is advised.(ziada) The Blame game can be played back and forth where the government blames the people and vice versa that will result in no point of action. We as individuals have to pledge to change our habits and embrace these minor changes, for instance not accepting a paper cup when you are seated in the café and asking for a reusable ceramic cup. And to bring self convenience and giving a hand to the environment together, reusable portable mugs available at stores and popular coffee outlets should be purchased to keep your favorite drink warm or cold for longer. Ziada says that Tim Hortons and Starbucks offer a discount for bringing your own reusable mugs. Ikea is initiating a step in right direction and wants to readily embrace change in their attitude and it is evident that Ikea is serious on cutting down deforestation of trees for timber. In an article published by metro news Ikeas is talking about a take back plan as an initiative to save the environment. (Metro news)

To bring the argument under one roof, awareness of us pushing the environment from the cliff is important and knowing the solution to these problems is obligatory. Are you as individuals ready to embrace change? Or will your laziness overpower your will to embrace change.

















Work Cited

Uchiyat, Abbie. ”Planet Care: Does Your Coffee Habit Harm the Environment?”. Parent  N.p. 24 Mar.  2016. Web.27 Mar. 2016.

Ziada, Hanna. “Disposable Coffee Cups Waste Reduction Study”. 15 Dec. 2009.web. 27 Mar. 2016.

“Ikeas Eyes Canadian Furniture Recycling”. Metro News. 18 Feb. 2016: N.P.Print.