Edmontonians love a cup of coffee or tea on the go. It's warm and tasty on a chilly day. But all too often, that hot cup of deliciousness comes in a single-use, disposable cup.
How many times have you remembered to bring a mug with you for your morning coffee, or for that afternoon pick me up? Imagine the amount of disposable cups in the garbage every day if every Edmontonian bought a hot beverage. Think about it; if you bought a beverage every day and left your mug at home each time, you would use at least 30 disposable cups per month. That's a lot of cups!
5 tips to keep your beverage hot and be waste wise
- Pack a reusable mug.
- Ask your barista to use your mug when preparing your drink.
- Help your barista by knowing how much liquid your mug holds.
- Find coffee shops that offer a discount for reusable mugs.
- Keep the coffee line moving. Be clear, polite, and have your payment ready.
Remember: A reusable coffee mug makes a great gift and keeps beverages hot for those coffee, tea, or hot chocolate lovers in your life.
Tips for Changing Waste Behaviours
Make It Normal: Be a Role Model
Use your reusable mug. Others will notice and will encourage others to use their mug too.
Prompt a Friend
Ask questions like, "How will you remind yourself to pack a mug?" or "would you set a reminder on your phone to pack your mug?"
One Small Ask
Get their commitment with a small request, such as "Can I count on you to pack a mug in your car or bag?"
Prompt a Friend
"If you already have a mug in the car, will you take it into the coffee shop? Shops are happy to fill your mug instead of a disposable one. You can even use it for cold beverages."
Acknowledge their effort and give encouragement, like "Oh, I love your reusable mug. Your one step helps the environment and cuts down on single-use items."
Visit edmonton.ca/waste to learn What Goes Where