Disposable coffee cups are ubiquitous in Seattle. Seattleites may have the reputation of being tree-hugging, granola eating, sock with sandal types, but the reality is that reusable coffee cups are not the norm.
Last fall after using hundreds of cups, thousands of cups, millions and billions and trillions of cups, I finally decided to stop using disposable coffee cups. I plunked down $18 for a reusable commuter style cup, but I have a few regrets…
- My cup includes branding that I’m not crazy about
- It can’t go in the dishwasher
- The inside never looks clean because of an incident with orange tea; the citric acid mucked up the finish.
- It cost me $18
My metal commuter coffee cup isn’t perfect, but I found something that is.
A glass jar.
I found a jar in my cupboard, so this coffee cup was of no cost to me. I can wash this cup in my dishwasher and put anything in it without worry. Branding? Ah yes, there is the Kerr branding, but I have my eye out for a plain narrow jar.
I didn’t dream up this idea, but was inspired by Colin Beavan of No Impact Man fame. Colin’s glass jar coffee cup turns heads in NYC. After dolling out numerous disposable cups each day, baristas often reward Colin’s ingenuity by giving him a free cup of coffee.
While I may not receive free coffee with my glass jar, my choice may inspire someone else to use a reusable cup. We can choose to use reusable cups, instead of adding 20 billion disposable coffee cups to our landfills each year. Individual choices do make a difference and our actions and inactions influence others.
Find a reusable coffee cup or buy one, and keep it in your car; ready for your next coffee shop visit.
Drink responsibly. Bring a coffee cup.