When you drink from any plastic container the plastic will leach toxins into your drink.  If you are drinking a hot drink it will leach more.  If you are drinking through a plastic lid then guess what, the lid is leaching toxins into your mouth…

When I was growing up hardly anyone drank coffee.  It was tea, and there were no shops that sold it as a takeaway item.  You sat down in the cafeteria and drank your drink out of a glass or cup and saucer. 

The world has moved on and now it is not unusual to see people carrying a hot beverage in a take away cup with a lid or some other drink in a plastic cup.

The thing is, what happens to all those cups and lids?

Landfill.  Ok, so technically they can be recycled but that doesn’t necessarily happen…  We get lazy because we are in a shopping centre and just put the cup in the nearest bin.

You can take your own cup with you which is obviously the best solution but sometimes you just get caught out and end up with a takeaway cup.

When this does happen let your barista know that you don’t need the lid.

This has a few repercussions:

  • You are reducing the amount of plastic heading off to pollute the environment,
  • You are saving your local coffee place from reordering lids as often, and
  • You are reducing the amount of toxins you are coming into contact with each day.

And that last one should get your attention.

Plastic is a petroleum by product, and you have to hand it to the petroleum companies for inventing something from what would otherwise be waste and then selling it to us.  Big time!

Plastic products leach toxins into our food.  Some more than others sure, and depending on how you use your plastic container maybe more or less toxins.  And they may have removed BPAs (bisphenol A) from some containers but what did they add in instead?  In many cases it was BPS (bisphenol S), or BPF (bisphenol F) which also emit toxins and are probably just as dangerous.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has a great entry about BPA from its invention to phasing out of some products https://www.ewg.org/research/timeline-bpa-invention-phase-out  It was last updated in 2011 but gives a good history up to then.

Oh, and by the way, Food Standards Australia New Zealand gives the thumbs up for BPA…  nothing to see here.

The best thing you can do is to get yourself a keep cup made from glass or stainless steel and start taking it with you.  Depending on what sort of lid it has you can choose to drink through it or not.  I always choose ‘not’.  The lid for my keep cup is made from silicone but I am not convinced that is ‘safe’ so I use it while I carry my drink and then take it off when I sit down to drink it.

You get to do something to help yourself and the environment in one go 🙂