A cup of coffee might seem like a pretty innocuous thing—but with $40 billion spent on coffee each year, that’s a whole lot of cups. And many of them end up in landfills.
The material your coffee cup is made of has a major impact on the planet. Paper cups, for instance, are non-recyclable, leach trace amounts of chemicals, and are produced by cutting down 20 million trees each year. Styrofoam cups aren’t much better; they’re made of non-renewable petroleum and take about 500 years to break down in a landfill.
Fortunately, reusable coffee cups are a cost-effective and much more eco-friendly alternative. This infographic from Printwand explores all of the ins and outs of coffee, including which types of coffee cups and mugs are healthiest for the environment.
Check out the full infographic to learn where you coffee comes from, as well as the best ways to enjoy it without hurting the environment.