I’ve always been bothered by the overflowing garbage bins filled with every coffee brand paper cup out there. A sunny Sunday afternoon walk on the sea wall always seems to guarantee garbage after garbage of overflowing cups. I’m no angel. I too have helped fill these bins on numerous occasions. “It’s just one cup. I’ll bring my mug next time. Oh well!”. I’ve been known to say these types of things too many times.
The other day I had a coffee bought for me and without even thinking I got a to-go mug even though my pretty stainless steal mug was sitting in my trucks’ cup holder just outside the coffee shop happily waiting to be enjoyed. I remember thinking ‘oh shoot’ and even said it out loud. I was tired of adding to the pile of garbage. “I want to start a campaign to stop this bad habit”, I said out loud. The two friends I was with agreed. This would be a good idea. But how? There are so many good ideas but how do I make them happen?? It was when we were on our nature adventure this past weekend that the idea just came. I brought my idea up with Josh and said, “so what do you think about encouraging people to not use paper cups for one month?” His answer: “a month?! Make it a year! Bring your damn cup!“
So thats where this idea came from. From the awe-inspiring feel good moments of being in nature and doing someothing I love. So here’s the plan:
Bring your damn cup (campaign!). No paper cups for ONE YEAR. That’s right. One year. It’s so easy. All you have to do is bring your damn cup. And if you forget your cup one day? Too bad – no coffee for you. It’s that easy. Or better yet, enjoy your time in a coffee shop and order it for here! Enjoy the moment – now you are forced to by ME! If your friend forgets their cup, you know what to say: “BRING YOUR DAMN CUP!” How often do we seem to forget that it is possible to have coffee/tea in a cozy mug.
Help decrease the amount of paper cup consumption in your town. If you are up for the challenge write your name below in the comment area, underneath Josh and I’s, and please share this post on Facebook (click on the Facebook ‘share’ button below in the comments area) or email it along. Paying it forward. If we can all get 5 people to join in on the challenge, imagine the difference that will make. All it takes is ONE SMALL CHANGE. Starting with you, right now. I’m going to start another tab at the top (I know, I’m running out of room!). Once you add your name to the comments, or email me, I’ll add it to the list under the post. You can do it. All it takes is one small change at a time. Done! And you start today by the way, so bring your damn cup!!!
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(p.s. If you have any ideas for some penalties of ‘forgetting your damn cup’, then please share! My idea is this: No coffee cup – no coffee to go. I haven’t come up with something if you accidently forget though – something for charity?! Ideas please)
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