The German city of Hanover is taking on the disposable coffee cup culture with a reusable cup scheme. Coffee drinkers can pick up a cup for a small fee, which they get back upon returning it.
On this week's eco@africa, we see how volcanic rocks are offering a greener alternative to damaging charcoal cooking, we meet an artist turning fruit waste into art and learn how to recycle wind turbines.
The Environmental Audit Committee wants to tax coffee cups and put the money toward improving recycling facilities. Britain uses 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups each year, but only recycles 1 percent.
British lawmakers have proposed a 25 pence ($0.34) charge on disposable coffee cups and set a target to recycle or ban them all within five years. Around 2.5 billion plastic-lined paper cups are used in Britain annually.
An indigenous community is trying to improve Vietnam's coffee reputation by growing better-quality, organic beans. There's more to the world's second-biggest producer than just instant coffee, they say.
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