Thinking Green… and Outside of the Box

Here at Brewd we love our patrons and we love our planet.  When we say that we love our patrons, we mean it. You offer us tips and ideas and share your concerns and love, and we appreciate all of your feedback.

Since the beginning of Brewd we have looked for ways to be better stewards of our resources and of the planet. Recently we started looking at our to-go cup situation, to determine the option which is the best for our planet. We do not currently have the ability to recycle waste, so we encourage use of our in-house mugs or your reusable cups for our beverages. This is not only the “greenest” option but also the most pleasurable. However, we know that sometimes you are on the go and need one of our to-go cups.

For decades folks have been debating the merits of paper over Styrofoam. Many companies have done away with foam containers, believing that they are worse for the environment than paper. While on the surface, this may appear true, when considering many factors, recent studies show a surprising result:

  1. Modern paper cups (like those used for hot coffee) are lined with a thin plastic coating that drastically reduces their ability to decompose and, as they do, they off-gas some undesirable gasses into the environment.
  2. Paper cups use about 12 times the amount of water and 36 times the amount of electricity in production, than foam cups.
  3. Due to their thin nature it is usually necessary to use a cardboard sleeve or an entire second cup to help keep hands cooler, thus adding more production costs and waste to the system! Foam is light weight and is a great insulator, so can stand on its own.
  4. Neither lined paper nor polystyrene cups are currently very recyclable, so neither has a distinct advantage over the other one here.
  5. Polystyrene cups are much less expensive than paper cups and can be used for both hot and cold beverages.

After taking into account all of these factors, and considering the complete life of each cup (from creation and use through disposal), the polystyrene (aka foam) cups actually appear to have a smaller impact on the environment. This has led us to take the leap and start to replace our paper and plastic cups with foam cups in an effort to be more “green.”

We will continue to encourage use of our in-house mugs for your drinks. And remember, if you have a reusable cup or tumbler for us to refill, we always offer a discount on your drinks. This really is the best option for the planet. If you need a reusable cup or tumbler, we have those for sale, too.

Below we have listed some of the sites that we used to compile our information. As always, we welcome your input on this!

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