Britain's biggest coffee chain has been accused of misleading customers with ‘cynical greenwash’ claims about the recycling of its cups. Costa has been telling the world that its cups can be recycled alongside ordinary paper waste, however one of its business partners has vehemently denied this. In fact, more than 99 per cent of the chain’s cups end up being thrown into landfill or incinerated. Full story >>
The cartoon by Mac from the Daily Mail shows a city park littered with discarded coffee cups. There are cups on the ground and cups floating in the pond. A youth with a skateboard is throwing an empty cup away. All the ducks in the park have coffee cups stuck on their heads and feet, and one of them tells another, "Do you remember when it was plastic bags?"
It used to be plastic bags which were the biggest threat to wildlife and the environment, but the UK government introduced a 5p charge on plastic bags in large stores last year, which has drastically reduced the number of bags being used. It now seems that coffee cups could be the next big environmental battleground and they could face a new tax based on the 'plastic bag model'.
• Should coffee cups be taxed?
• Should there be a total ban on plastic bags?
• What other threats to the environment should we be worried about?
• Are you poisoning the planet with your coffee habit? (The Telegraph)