Ecof­fee Cup

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CON­TRO­VER­SIAL DEP ED TIME. We don’t re­ally talk about cli­mate change here at Max­i­mumPC. It’s one hell of a po­lar­iz­ing topic. But what is hard to ig­nore is how much waste we pro­duce as a species. In par­tic­u­lar, the trash that ends up in the oceans. Great for sur­vival­ists stranded on a desert is­land; less great for the things liv­ing in the sea.

One of the things close to my heart, how­ever, is cof­fee. I pick up a cup of the good stuff ev­ery day on my way to work, drink my beany bev­er­age, and chuck the not-so-biodegrad­able cup in the trash.

It’s a pretty shitty statis­tic, but an es­ti­mated 500 bil­lion cof­fee cups are thrown away each year world­wide, with more than 99 per­cent of them non­re­cy­clable. To com­bat this, I de­cided to try out a more per­ma­nent al­ter­na­tive to my cof­fee co­nun­drum: an Ecof­fee Cup. De­signed in the UK, and shipped to the US by the power of Ama­zon, Ecof­fee Cups are pre­dom­i­nantly man­u­fac­tured from re­cy­cled bam­boo husk. BPA and ph­tha­late-free, they come with a food­safe sil­i­cone lid and sleeve, and are even dish­washer safe (although you should dodge the mi­crowave).

All in all, it’s a nice cup. There’s no plas­tic af­ter­taste, and the only down­side is the slight smell of sil­i­cone em­a­nat­ing from the lid, which I as­sume will dis­si­pate over time. It’s not ex­actly cheap, com­ing in at $16.31, but that said, I do now get a dis­count with my lo­cal cof­fee shop, and the sat­is­fac­tion of know­ing that I’ve cut down on the amount of ex­cess waste I pro­duce, too. $16.31, www.ecof­

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