Whether you are new to an eco-friendly lifestyle or a seasoned professional, if you are thinking of purchasing a reusable cup today – don’t! Whether one or all three of these reasons apply to you, taking a step back before any purchase is always a good idea.
You don’t drink coffee out
I am certainly guilty of this one. I purchased a keep cup at the beginning of my Zero Waste journey because I thought it was a must for this lifestyle. But the truth is, I very rarely drink coffee or tea on-the-go – I usually drink it in the office, at home, or out in a restaurant with a friend where I can get it in a regular coffee mug. Sure, it has been handy for those odd occasions where I have gotten a hot drink while out and about, I really could have done without it.
You already have something you could use instead
I know you think that you don’t, but you probably do. You could use an old thermos that you got years ago that has been sitting in the back of your kitchen cupboard. Don’t have one? I have even heard of people using a mason jar with lots of rubber bands on it so that they don’t burn their hands. Be creative, you will be surprised by what you can do!
You already know where to find one
I was in the office yesterday and there were some items on the kitchen bench that were being given away. In that bunch alone, there were 3 reusable coffee cups. I promise you, there is someone in your life that has purchased more than one cup that they are not using – and they would probably be thankful to get rid of some of their clutter.
I love businesses that are working on products that are sustainable, and when there are no other options, I definitely recommend supporting them. But purchasing anything that you do not need is simply not sustainable, no matter how you look at it. Remember- Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair and Recycle – that is the best way to reduce your waste.
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