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Keep-cup, disposable or biodegradable - what is the most eco-friendly way to get your coffee?

Fran Power


 

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'The single-use coffee cup is probably one of the most visible signs of our throwaway culture.' Stock image: Yui Mok/PA

'The single-use coffee cup is probably one of the most visible signs of our throwaway culture.' Stock image: Yui Mok/PA

'The single-use coffee cup is probably one of the most visible signs of our throwaway culture.' Stock image: Yui Mok/PA

I have two keep-cups on my desk at work. But when I nip around the corner to get a caffeine fix, they often stay on my desk. By all accounts, another 80pc of keep-cup users are just as forgetful as I am.

And while that might be okay during the Covid19 outbreak - many cafés are suspending the use of keep-cups for the duration - it does mean I regularly add to the 200 million cups that are dumped every year in Ireland.

The single-use coffee cup is probably one of the most visible signs of our throwaway culture. Even though it's far from the worst offender - cups amount to just 0.9pc of total paper packaging on the Irish market, according to Repak, the body representing the recycling industry.