The British Museum will launch an exhibition on “Garbage and Us” on 19 December, which will feature disposable cups from 3,500 years ago as a reminder of the growing problem of plastic pollution. Archaeologists have found thousands of shankless conical cups on the Greek island of Crete, the report said. Made by the Minoans and used primarily to drink wine at banquets, these disposable ceramic cups were one of the hallmarks of the Minoans, one of the earliest civilizations in Europe.
Some of the Minoans flaunted their wealth and status by holding banquets, but no one wanted to wash the cups, so there was a disposable cup. Disposable cups are not only convenient, but also a means of showing wealth, and “pour all resources” into it.
The researchers believe that the Minoan civilization declined as a result of the “natural fluctuations” of climate change at the time, after the Minoans rapidly depleted the island’s resources.
The cups will be on display at the British Museum on December 19. There are also washed plastic fishshells on Pacific beaches to alert people to the growing problem of plastic pollution.