You can now buy a range of vibrantly coloured KeepCups from any of the Great Food at Leeds outlets on campus. Once you’ve bought your KeepCup, you get your first drink free and then 10p off every time you use it! You will also get 10p off if you’re using any reusable mug, as well as a further 10% off with a refresh card. From a sustainability perspective, it’s a no-brainer; every minute over one million disposable cups are discarded to landfill and single use items (like coffee cups) account for over half of the plastic used in the world today. Most disposable cups are lined with polyethylene which makes them non-recyclable. Even disposable cups that are ‘compostable’ require commercial composting to biodegrade.
In contrast, the KeepCup ‘breaks even’ – in terms of the energy taken in manufacturing – after just 15 uses when compared to a disposable cup. This means every KeepCup used more than 15 times is saving energy as well as waste. There is enough plastic in 20 disposable cups and lids to make a KeepCup. Tested to 1500 uses, we estimate they will last at least three years. Over one year the KeepCup reduces water use by up to 90% compared to disposable cup. Buy your KeepCup from The Refectory or any of the 15 Great Food at Leeds outlets across campus. For more information about the cafe’s on campus go to: gfal.leeds.ac.uk/where-to-eat/
Reusable Water Bottles
It was recently reported that global usage of plastic bottles has reached one million every minute. This is compounded by the finding that 91% of all plastic goes unrecycled, despite plastic bottles being made from highly-recyclable material. If left unrecycled, the type of polyethylene terephthalate that plastic bottles are made from can take 400 years to biodegrade. So where does all this wasted, single-use plastic go? Based on current projections, it is estimated that by 2050, 12 billion metric tons of plastic will end up in landfills.
Student representatives have already taken measures to prohibit the sale of bottled water in the LUU, and are working to improve the provisions of water fountains whilst reducing plastic bottle purchasing. To further embed sustainability at the university, we wanted to offer a desirable, reusable alternative to plastic bottles, which could be filled up at water points across the campus whilst reducing the amount of single use plastics going to landfill or ending up in the ocean. The bottles we produced feature an intricate design of the iconic Parkinson Building and are available to purchase from all Great Food at Leeds outlets across campus.
So if you’re concerned about waste, then it’s easier than ever to make a sustainable change on campus; get yourself a reusable bottle and KeepCup and you can immediately reduce your impact and never have to buy bottled water or single-use coffee cups again!