A Minor Rant About Takeaway Plastic/Paper Cups

By Bernie Bell

When did consuming large cups of takeaway coffee become part of our daily need for sustenance? It’s just a fashion, but a fashion that is messing up our world.

A person gets up, has their breakfast, goes to work, maybe has a tea/coffee break mid-morning – and so they go through the working day.  Somewhere along the line, it became fashionable to ‘grab a coffee’ from a coffee bar, whilst ‘on the move’.  It’s presented as, and therefore perceived as being, cool, fashionable, whatever term you want to use, to be seen rushing about, clutching a giant plastic/paper cup in one hand, and a Smartphone in the other, often with headphones in your ears.

I believe it to also be because folk have to be ‘doing’ all the time, as they have to have some kind of noise going on all the time.  When waiting in a bus station, train station, airport, they can no longer sit and …wait – read, think, look about them, have a chat with someone. Maybe go to the station café for a cuppa.  That cuppa would have been served in a cup, a proper cup, which would then be washed up and used again.  Times past, I know, but – why not?

No, it has to be the giant takeaway cup. It is purely a fashion, and a fashion that fits with today’s hectic world.  Always ‘doing’, always some noise in your ears. The earphones in your ears, just mean that you’re missing out on the life that’s going on around you, and that’s your choice.  The take way, throw away paper/plastic cups, are causing problems which affect everyone.  And it’s not only in the cities – they turn up everywhere – here’s one that turned up on the beach just down from where we live – I like the irony of the stars on the disposable plastic cup.

Plastic cup B Bell

The developing problem with litter caused by these cups, is entirely avoidable. Even when they are thrown away in a bin – they mostly can’t be re-cycled because it’s the wrong kind of plastic, and the paper is contaminated by coffee or tea.

So, I’m just asking folk to think about it – do you actually want/need that giant cup of coffee? Or are you being a slave to fashion?

Maybe try calming down a bit?  Maybe take waiting time, as time-out from the hectic world to …sit…..and……. be.   “Sometimes I sits and thinks, sometimes I just sits.”  Maybe try it?

I repeat, it’s a mindless fashion which will therefore probably pass, but meanwhile – a lot of un-re-cycle-able rubbish to be dealt with.

I realise that this is even more of a ramble, than some of my rants are, but…to me…it’s all just….so very….POINTLESS!

 Here’s a civilized way to have a hot beverage………

Bernie Bell having coffee


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  1. An astutely written observation of #extremecivilisation The planet needs our assistance just so it can assist us! The planet we depend on depends on us! Take responsibility. Get a reusable lidded drink cup.

  2. PS
    I recently bought a box of Pears soap, and presumed that the soap would simply be in the box. I opened the box, to find that the soap is encased in a plastic wrapper. This is un-necessary, and is yet another piece of single-use plastic which can not be re-cycled. Why not just place the soap, in the box? This would reduce plastic waste and save the company money. I then found it to be impossible to contact Pears to make this complaint/observation/suggestion. I found a site which was meant to be for complaints, but it was completely geared to America – it demanded a zip code, before I could proceed. I don’t have a zip code – I live in Orkney! What non-sense.
    Imagine how much useless plastic that produces though – it is a very big company, and sells a lot of those bars of soap. Another case of a company getting so big, that it doesn’t actually care about its customers? Or the environment.
    So, I contacted The One Show – who do care!
    If any of the readers of this article, come across any other examples, please agitate about it, and try not to let the evasiveness of the company involved, stop you from doing so!

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