When driving around how often do you see a Tim Horton’s? How often do you stop to pick up a hot drink in the morning? On average Canadian coffee drinkers' drink 2.8 cups of coffee per day (Coffee Association of Canada). With the current population of Canada at 34,482,779 people, the amount of cups of coffee drank per year is 68,965,558. If even half of those were bought at a coffee shop such as Tim Horton’s, 34 million cups would be thrown out into the trash every single day which excludes all other hot drinks. Most coffee cups are laminated with a plastic residue to prevent leakage; the residue is non-recyclable making all of the cups non-recyclable (Environmental Action Association). The only alternative to using these cups is bringing a reusable one to the store itself. Despite this initiative we can see it is not enough. Most people simply forget to do this or they find it’s too much of a hassle to carry it around all day with them. This mindset makes biodegradable cups the next best alternative.
Making biodegradable cups will prevent millions of paper cups from entering the landfill daily. It will protect habitats that are threatened by the amount of trees being cut down to make paper cups (Environmental Action Association). And won’t emit 0.24lbs of CO2 emissions that each paper cup is responsible for, think about the amount of emissions created daily from the purchase of cups in Canada (Environmental Action Association). Today, with the ever-pressing issue of the environmental responsibility, there is no more time to waste because every day millions more cups enter the landfills. Citizens of Canada and companies operating in Canada need to step up and take the pledge to become more socialy responsible.
Tim Horton’s is a Canadian company; they have taken numerous steps to make their business practices more ethical and beneficial to the community. It was founded in Hamilton, Ontario and their head office is currently in Oakville, Ontario. With this company operating in the heart of their community and thorughout Canada, it is the perfect company to lead the way into the transition to biodegradable cups. There have been numerous small companies making this stand, it is now time for the larger ones to follow suit. However, the only way for the company to even look into serving their beverages in biodegradable cups is if its customers demand it. We all need to start realizing what our dollar can do and by demanding to make and buy a more sustainable product we are demanding a more sustainable world. Tim Horton’s has the opportunity to take a stand for ethical business practices and make an example to other businesses to do the same!
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