Drink cups (hot)

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Hot drink cups or coffee cups are containers designed to serve hot beverages such as coffee. This article is a comparison of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (carbon footprints) of various hot drink cups, not including the beverages served in them. The hot drink cups or coffee cups listed in WikiFootprints have GHG emissions ranging from about 0.844 to 59.2 kg carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per 500 uses.[1][2]

Carbon Footprint[edit]

GHG Emissions from hot drink cups
Product Carbon Footprint
per 500 cups/uses
(kg CO2e)
ceramic mug (reused)[1] 1.04
Frugalpac cup (recycled)[2] 12.3
KeepCup (reused)[1] 0.844
paper cup (landfill)[1] 29.5
paper cup from China (landfill)[2] 26.2
Starbucks cup (landfill)[2] 19.7
Starbucks cup (incineration)[2] 21.15
styrofoam cup (landfill)[1] 59.2


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Lifecycle Assessment: reusable mugs vs. disposable cups. Refiller, 25 Apr. 2013. Web. 1 Dec. 2016. Archived
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Starbucks To Trial Recyclable Paper Coffee Cups. CIWM Journal Online, 21 Jul. 2016. Web. 1 Dec. 2016. Archived