Coffee Cup Exchange Program Creates A Waste-Free Sharing Economy
New Yorkers share everything, so why not their coffee cups?
Despite New York’s penchant for being ahead of the curve, one thing hasn’t changed at least since the advent of Starbucks: the paper coffee cup as both handwarmer and membership card for the haute too-busy-to-sit-down club. If you want to avoid using the paper cups, you either have to go to a sit-down restaurant or carry a bulky mug around with you (one that will inevitably start to smell funny after a while). And this is a problem, not only for the environment but for doing efficient business. Even municipal authorities, with their obligation to take out the trash, suffer. As Fast Company points out, “If you zoom out to take a look at the giant churning ant farm that is the city, those plastic-lined paper cups turn into a millions-strong waste stream, most of which gets trucked into landfill in other states.“