Single-use Beverage Cups and Their Alternatives: Recommendations from Life Cycle Assessments

Year of Publication

2021

This report summarizes current knowledge about the environmental performance of single-use beverage cups and their alternatives in order to guide policy actions to regulate their use.

Source:

United Nations Environment Programme

Author(s):

Yvonne Lewis, Alexandra Gower and Philippa Notten

Geography:

Global

Type:

Data, Strategy

Purpose of Measurement:

Understanding the Proble, Solution Sets and Impact Potential

Impact theme(s):

Material Flows, Policy, Climate

This report summarizes current knowledge about the environmental performance of single-use beverage cups and their alternatives in order to guide policy actions to regulate their use. It is a meta-analysis of ten Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) studies that can be grouped in three distinct clusters: LCA studies comparing single-use beverage cups; LCA studies comparing single-use and reusable beverage cups (hot drinks); and LCA studies comparing single-use and reusable beverage cups (cold drinks).