The best way to predict the future is to create it.Peter Drucker
What is carbon neutrality?
This blog post aims to explain simple terms that will play a crucial role in guiding our decisions as we seek to replace single-use plastic cups with carbon-neutral reusable cups.
Carbon neutrality means balancing emitting carbon and absorbing carbon from the atmosphere in carbon sinks.
A carbon sink is a system that absorbs more carbon than it emits. Soils, forests, and oceans are the leading natural carbon sinks.
Carbon-neutrality status is achievable in two ways. However, a combination of both is most likely preferable;
It involves reducing or avoiding greenhouse gas emissions or removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to offset emissions elsewhere. It is ‘neutral’ if the total amount of greenhouse gases emitted equals the total amount avoided or removed.
We can reduce carbon emissions by switching to energy sources and industrial processes that produce fewer greenhouse gases, thereby transitioning to a low-carbon economy. For example, shifting towards renewable energy such as wind, geothermal, solar power, and nuclear power reduces greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, renewable sources produce negligible to almost zero carbon emissions.
What do carbon-neutral cups mean?
It is carbon-neutral if the amount of carbon released from crop production to the cup equals the amount of carbon removed from the atmosphere.
Planit cup provides a cost-effective, sustainable, reusable cup system which completely offsets the carbon emissions from the production to the washing of the cups. In addition, our carbon-neutral reusable cups are customisable for your festivals, sporting events, and work events, creating optimal brand awareness.
Major problem of single-use plastic cups on our carbon footprint?
Did you know that approximately 22,000 disposable coffee cups are thrown away in Ireland every hour? Yet, in the late 1990s, containers such as these were considered the ultimate lifestyle accessory. Today, they are the symbol of our disposable culture. The lids are washing up on beaches and riverbanks, clogging up bins everywhere, and even starring (mistakenly) in the final series of Game of Thrones.
Plastic waste is the major problem associated with single-use disposable cups. They are thrown away after only one use, wasting precious natural resources; however, Reusable cups remain helpful for many years after being manufactured. For example, looking at the UK, just one in every 400 coffee cups is recycled. In addition and even more problematic is using resources to create these compostable alternatives. Natural materials need to be planted, harvested, processed and transported, consuming many energy and resources.
A simple step to the reduction of our carbon footprint!
Switching to a reusable cup will save you 80–120 kg of CO2 per year if you drink one take-away coffee on average each weekday. This is the same as driving a car for 650–1,000 kilometres. (This doesn’t even take into account the carbon footprint of the coffee and milk.)
A reusable cup used more than 15 times is more sustainable than a disposable one and you won’t be adding to the pile of 500 billion disposable cups that end up in landfills globally every year.
By using Planit cups, we can reduce our carbon footprint and help push the agenda of sustainability with an average of 300 washes. We are passionate about improving the quality of life, protecting our environment and preserving natural resources for future generations to come.