Collapsible Water and Coffee Cups
An average of 5.35 billion pounds of plastic are produced in the US each year, a process that uses more than 17 million barrels of oil equivalent. The barrel of oil equivalent is a unit of energy based on the approximate energy released by burning one barrel of crude oil. On top of that, less than a third of this is recycled. Instead, plastics are building up in Iandfills, along coastlines, and in the ocean. The build-up in the ocean is so severe that plastic waste has created trash vortexes in our oceans. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a collection of marine debris bounded by a gyre – a whirling spiral of debris-filled ocean current caused by the Earth’s rotation. Since most of this is not biodegradable, it doesn’t look like the oceanic garbage patch is getting smaller any time soon.
Enter the era of reusable water bottles that can fit in your pocket! You can now get collapsible water bottles made from food-grade silicone and BPA-free caps. These ultra-portable bottles collapse into thin disks that fit nicely into hiking bags, camping packs, and even your pocket! Most are watertight, taste and odor-free, and dishwasher safe. Some even have carrying handles that can be used to easily clip karabiners to a backpack. Collapsible water bottles come in a wide range of colors for a fun and convenient alternative to single-use bottled water.
Another option for coffee drinkers is a leak-proof, collapsible, and eco-friendly coffee cup alternative. Similar to collapsible water bottles, reusable coffee cups take up minimal space. Most have insulated lids and/or sleeves that protect your hands from hot and cold beverages. Whether you’re getting ready to hit the slopes this winter or planning a long hike in the heat, hold the cup by the insulated lid and drink up on the go!
These types of products paint an optimistic picture for environmentally conscious outdoor recreation. Using collapsible cups can significantly reduce the number of plastic water bottles ending up in landfills, coastlines, and giant whirlpools in the middle of the ocean.
Why switch to reusable water and coffee cups? They keep both Mother Nature and your wallet GREEN!