Reusable Cups in Boston College Dining Halls
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Paper cups are not much better than plastic cups because they are coated with a plastic resin such as polyethylene so it makes both composting and recycling impossible while also posing threats of carcinogenic leaking.
Every cup that is coated with plastic resin ends up in a landfill, and there it releases methane which has "23 times the heat-trapping power of carbon dioxide". (Environmental Defense. Starbucks Paper Project Goals and Results. July 20th, 2007.)
Each cup emits .11 kg of CO2 when being manufactured.
A study done by Sustainability Engineer Pablo Paster discovered that just 24 uses of stainless steel mug breaks even with paper cups in terms of environmental impact.
Boston College has yet to divest, so the least we can do is improve our sustainable efforts in the dining halls.
We want Boston College Dining Services to;
- Implement a reusable container program similar to the Perk Up Campaign or Cupanion ProgramReplace iced coffee cups with cups made from recycled plastic
- Replace paper cups with biodegradable or bioplastic cups
- Replace paper containers with bagasse
- Offer more reusable silverware
- Make plastic silverware less readily-available
- Bring metal utensils to Addie’s
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