Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Tell One Friend: Pack a Reusable Mug

Grabbing a coffee? Pack your reusable mug!

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

  1. Pack a reusable mug.
  2. Ask your barista to use your mug when preparing your drink.
  3. Help your barista by knowing how much liquid your mug holds.
  4. Find coffee shops that offer a discount for reusable mugs.
  5. 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."

Give Feedback
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."

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  1. Love it! I try to keep multiple reusable mugs on hand - at work, in the vehicle and in my bag.

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