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Nomad Coffee: 100,000 Cups Saved and a Whole Lotta Eco-Love

Nomad Coffee, the beloved North Vancouver café (and one of my absolute favourites—try the pastries!), is hitting a major green milestone: They’ve diverted a whopping 100,000 single-use cups from landfills. Their secret weapon? Encouraging customers to bring their own reusable mugs or borrow one of Nomad’s.

The Ugly Truth About Single-Use Cups

Sure, those to-go cups are handy, but they come with a hefty environmental price tag. Most are lined with plastic, making them difficult to recycle. The result? Landfills overflow with cups that take centuries to break down. Manufacturing disposable cups also gobbles up resources like water, trees, and energy.

Nomad’s 100,000 Cups: The Impact

So, what does saving 100,000 cups actually mean? Let’s break it down:

  • Landfill Overflow: Most single-use cups (paper cups with a plastic lining) end up in landfills due to their difficult-to-recycle design. They don’t easily break down, contributing to overflowing landfills and long-term pollution.
  • Resource Depletion: Manufacturing single-use cups consumes vast amounts of resources. These include trees for paper cups, petroleum for plastic, and considerable amounts of water and energy throughout production.
  • Litter and Ocean Pollution: Carelessly discarded cups become litter, polluting our streets, parks, and waterways. Many end up in the ocean, harming marine life that can ingest or become entangled in them.
  • Limited Recyclability: While some cups may be labelled recyclable, the reality is different. The plastic lining on paper cups makes the recycling process specialized and less accessible, with many facilities not equipped to handle them.
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions: From the extraction of raw materials to cup production and eventual disposal, single-use cups contribute to greenhouse gas emissions that accelerate climate change.

Latte Art Throwdown: Celebrating the Milestone

Nomad’s throwing a seriously cool bash on June 13th to mark this awesome achievement. Their “Latte Art Throwdown” will feature the area’s best baristas in a battle of frothy foam artistry. Expect live music, prizes, Nomad’s delicious pastries, and, of course, incredible coffee served in reusable cups.

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Nomad: A Beacon of Sustainable Business

Nomad Coffee isn’t just a haven for caffeine lovers; it’s a shining example of how businesses can thrive while caring for the planet. It’s a reminder that by choosing reusable options, we all have the power to be part of positive change.

Want to join the eco-movement? Here’s how:

  • Visit Nomad: Experience their delicious coffee and warm atmosphere (
  • Bring your cup: Make it a habit and become part of the solution.
  • Spread the word: Share Nomad’s story on social media (@nomadyvr) and inspire others.

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