Decomposable coffee lids to reduce plastic waste and pollution of our planet.

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The problem we want to solve is the plastic pollution of non-decomposable coffee lids that companies such as Tim Horton's, Starbucks, McDonalds and other fast food chains use for their coffee cups.

According to CNN even the paper cup itself takes around 20 years to decompose. This is an issue because people throw their coffee cups on the ground, along roads, highways, parks, rivers, lakes and anywhere people go. The paper  cups eventually decompose if made with paper and wax lining but the lids do not decompose so they stay for generations.

The production and usage of non-decomposable coffee cups and lids contribute greatly to the pollution of our villages, towns, cities, lands, rivers, lakes and oceans. This pollution on our land is littering our wildlife habitats and in our rivers, lakes and oceans it is causing contamination and killing off our aquatic life.  

According to CBC, "In 2010 Canadians used and estimated 1.5 billion disposable coffee cups, equivalent to more than half a million trees."

CBC also says that when coffee cups are thrown in with the recycling, they compromise the integrity of the system. 

"They can't separate the plastic and paper in a typical paper recycling facility" Alfred said. "So it just causes contamination of the recycling stream, and it causes lower-quality paper if it does get recycled."

Some lids with the appropriate recycle can be placed in the blue bin and the cups in the compost provided people take the time to sort-it-out. The problem is that people don't sort the cups and lids and usually just toss them on roads sides, rivers, lakes, parks, land and anywhere they go. 

Overall coffee lids should be made out of corn based products or any other decomposable materials other then plastics. We urge the companies to promote Lug-A-Mug and for you the coffee and tea lovers to bring in re-usable coffee mugs/cups to coffee shops and fast food chains to greatly reduce the amount of pollution we are creating on our planet Earth  from single  use  coffee cups/lids.

Please sign and share our petition. McDonald's, Starbuck's, Tim Horton's and other food chains and servers of fast foods please  take responsible action to eliminate plastic waste for the future of our planet. 

Owen Ngo, Hayden Fitzgerald, Darren Frederick.


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