The Cuppa Paradox

It might seem like a small thing to worry about but a new infographic doing the rounds at the moment has shown just how big of an impact something as innocuous as a cup of tea or coffee can have on the environment.

The graphic in question comes from blogger Green Steve who illustrates the emissions generated by the UK’s obsession with hot drink by comparing it to the weight of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. In just one year, Brits cause emissions that measure 5 times the
weight of that huge Dubai skyscraper at 4.5 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent.

On the bright side, Steve also goes on to show the magnitude of the savings that could be made if we changed our individual habits ever so slightly. By switching one of your mugs of tea to a glass of water, nearly a billion tonnes of CO2e could be saved each year.

Failing that, taking your tea or coffee black makes a huge difference too as it is the milk that contributes much of the carbon footprint of a hot drink.

So without further ado, here is the graphic in full:

Cuppa Paradox Infographic
Courtesy of Green Steve

Steve Waller, more commonly known these days as Green Steve, has been blogging about sustainable living for some time and likes to give people advice that is both easy to understand and simple to implement. His big belief is that many small changes can make a huge collective difference and will often be quicker than one large change.

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