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Coffee cup revolution is coming
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50 billion paper cups end in U.S. landfills every year because they can't be recycled

A British inventor has come up with a fully recyclable paper cup to cut this number down

Once recycled, paper cup cardboard can be used up to further seven times

CNN  — 

Chances are if you bought your favorite coffee in a paper cup this morning, that cup cannot be recycled.

50 billion cups in the U.S. end up in landfills every year – enough that if placed end to end, they would go to the moon and back roughly five times.

What you didn't know about your cup

British inventor Martin Myerscough was puzzled by this and has now come up with an alternative to make the recycling process easier.

Most paper cups are made from cardboard with a thin layer of plastic tightly attached on to the cup.

This keeps the drink warm and prevents the cardboard from becoming soggy. But it also makes the cup non-recyclable – w