Disposible Coffee Cups and the Environment
In Galleries I present my work with research I have found about the negative environmental and humanitarian effects of the materials I use to illuminate viewers on how what the buy, use, and throw away affects the planet.
These three pieces were made from disposable products from coffee shops — coffee cups, coffee cup jackets, and stir sticks.
The year I created these necklaces, 2010,
Americans consumed an estimated 23 billion paper coffee cups
To create 23 billion paper coffee cups its is estimated that
9.4 million trees would need to be cut down
That is over 14 million tons of wood
7 trillion BTU’s of energy would need to be used
77 thousand homes could be powered by that energy for a year
5.7 billion gallons of water would need to be used
That much water could fill 8,500 Olympic sized swimming pools
All of those 23 billion cups ended up in the trash,
because coffee cups are coated in wax and other chemicals so they cannot be recycled
This created 363 trillion pounds of solid waste
~ remember to bring your coffee mug to the coffee shop! ~