It’s Time to Upgrade Your Tailgating Cup Email No one can deny that the red Solo cup is a cultural icon: it makes us think of tailgating, BBQs, college parties and more recently, Toby Keith’s hugely popular song. However, before you fill one up this season, consider switching to a reusable option. According to EarthDay.org, 500 billion disposable cups are consumed every year. They’re one of the contributors to the 8 million metric tons of plastic that pours into our oceans every year. Only a small amount of plastic is recycled successfully. That’s why switching to reusable is always the best choice. If you’re not in charge of party planning, just BYO reusable cup! Reusable plastic or aluminum work well — you can use a spare thermos, water bottle or even a glass mason jar. If you’re party planning and want traditional red cups, check out these reusable ones from Red Cup Living. Another option: the University of Colorado Boulder just released reusable aluminum cups for their new football season. The aluminum cups are difficult to break, keep your drink cold longer, and are dishwasher-friendly. If you’re stuck on single-use cups, stick to plastics that are recyclable. Avoid plastic cups labeled “compostable” or “biodegradable” — these plastics are not recyclable, and recyclable plastic is better for the environment. That said, if your tailgating party just won’t be the same without the classic Solo cups, reuse them as much as you can before tossing them in our One Big Bin.