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UK News The 3,500-year-old single-use cup: Disposable Minoan wine vessels designed to be used and binned are uncovered in rubbish tip excavation

06:00  16 december  2019
06:00  16 december  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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The 3 , 500 - year - old single - use cup : Disposable Minoan wine vessels designed to be used and The 3 , 500 year - old single - use cup is set to go on display at the British Museum Ancient vessel made by Minoans , one of first advanced civilisations in Europe The ancient vessel , which once contained wine rather than coffee, was made by the Minoans .

The 3 , 500 - year - old , single - use vessel for wine will go on display at the British Museum. The finding of an ancient disposable cup that dates back 3 , 500 years shows that the idea that throwaway vessels for drinks “Human beings have always produced rubbish . Making some rubbish is an unavoidable

The 3,500 year-old single-use cup placed next to an Air-India disposable cup which is going on display at the British Museum, as part of the Asahi Shimbun Displays Disposable? Rubbish And Us The 3,500 year-old single-use cup placed next to an Air-India disposable cup which is going on display at the British Museum, as part of the Asahi Shimbun Displays Disposable? Rubbish And Us

A 3,500 year-old single-use cup is set to go on display at the British Museum proving that, even then, nobody wanted 'to do the washing up'.

The ancient vessel, which once contained wine rather than coffee, was made by the Minoans, one of the first advanced civilisations in Europe.

Thousands of the handleless, conical clay cups have been discovered on archeological sites on the island of Crete and at the Palace of Knossos, Greece.

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The world's first single - use cup is to be displayed by the British Museum, as the curator says it is "not invention of "People may be very surprised to know that disposable , single - use cups are not the invention of our The 3 , 500 - year - old vessel , which once contained wine , was made by the Minoans .

A disposable (also called disposable product) is a product designed for a single use after which it is recycled or is disposed as solid waste. The term often implies cheapness and short-term convenience rather than medium to long-term durability.

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The civilisation is thought to have collapsed after the Minoans rapidly exhausted resources on the small island and because of a then 'natural fluctuation' of climate change.

The cup will go on show at the display 'Rubbish And Us' at the British Museum, which has been under pressure over environment-related issues with its sponsorship deal with oil giant BP.

Julia Farley, who is a curator at the British Museum, said: 'People may be very surprised to know that disposable, single-use cups are not the invention of our modern consumerist society, but in fact can be traced back thousands of years.'

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Proponents of single use cups may stop here and claim that disposables are more energy efficient and therefore more environmentally friendly. But if you use over 300 disposables in a year , doesn’t that add up to be a greater impact than using only one reusable cup ?

500 billion disposable cups are consumed every year .[9] Americans alone throw away 25 billion styrofoam coffee cups every year . Single - use -plastics frequently do not make it to a landfill or are recycled.[11] A full 32% of the 78 million tons of plastic packaging produced annually is left to flow into

The ancient vessel, which once contained wine rather than coffee, was made by the Minoans © Provided by Daily Mail The ancient vessel, which once contained wine rather than coffee, was made by the Minoans

Minoans gathered at the palace for parties, feasts and gatherings such as bull-leaping festivals - a 'more risky' version of 'hurdles'.

Ms Farley said: 'The elite were showing off their wealth and status by throwing these great big parties, feasts and festivals.

'People were getting together in large groups and much like today, nobody wants to do the washing up.'

The cup was designed for convenience and a means of showing off wealth because of all the resources 'poured into making it' © Provided by Daily Mail The cup was designed for convenience and a means of showing off wealth because of all the resources 'poured into making it'

As well as being convenient, the cup was a means of showing off wealth because of all the resources 'poured into making it'.

Farley said she hoped the display would make visitors think creatively about reducing waste, instead of just feeling guilty.

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'Human beings have always produced rubbish. Making some rubbish is an unavoidable by-product of being human.

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'We are tool-using animals. We wear clothes. Nothing lasts forever. It's in the very nature of our existence that we make rubbish.'

But she said: 'This is a sobering message about scale and consumption and I think we need to find that balance, which humans have never been very good at finding.'

The ancient object will be shown alongside a waxed paper cup from the early 1990s - made at around the same time modern disposable cups were taking off, in The Asahi Shimbun Displays Disposable? Rubbish And Us.

a cup of coffee on a table: The ancient disposable cup (left) placed next to plastic items washed up on a Pacific beach © Provided by Daily Mail The ancient disposable cup (left) placed next to plastic items washed up on a Pacific beach

Other objects will include a yellow fishing basket made from plastic wrapping and photographs from across the Pacific, showing the extent of the plastic problem.

Ms Farley said: 'We have thousands of these Minoan, disposable cups and that's a lot.

'But today we are making over 300 billion papers cups globally every year.

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a group of items on a table: The display will include other objects such as a yellow fishing basket made from plastic wrapping and photographs from across the Pacific (pictured), showing the extent of the plastic problem © Provided by Daily Mail The display will include other objects such as a yellow fishing basket made from plastic wrapping and photographs from across the Pacific (pictured), showing the extent of the plastic problem

'The Minoan civilisation is tiny compared to the global consumerist economy that we have now.

'Now we are doing what human beings have always done but we are doing it on an unprecedented scale with materials that are going to take hundreds, if not thousands of years, to biodegrade.

'We think of ancient people being in touch with their environment but if you cut down trees to make charcoal and burn it to fire clay that's releasing a lot of carbon dioxide.'

Handmade terracotta pots on the isle of Crete Handmade terracotta pots on the isle of Crete

British Museum director Hartwig Fischer said: 'We hope that this display will make people think about their relationship with rubbish, then, now and in the future.'

The Museum said it is 'striving to lessen its environmental impact', with all waste being either recycled or burned and converted to electricity.

Over 90 per cent of the display materials, such as plinths and cases, in Rubbish And US have been repurposed and recycled from the British Museum's Manga exhibition.

The Asahi Shimbun Displays Disposable? Rubbish And Us opens on December 19, 2019 and runs until February 23, 2020 at the British Museum.

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