On many college campus there were two points between which the most traffic flows – between the main library and the coffee shop.
There’s a lot of caffeine consumed on the college campus, especially grad schools. As an academic, I see a lot of caffeine get ingested.
With thousands of students at each of the 4200 institutions of higher learning , we were using thousands of plastic coffee cups over the course of an every day, and these were all ending up in the trash within 20 minutes of their purchase. There is a lot of embodied energy in each of those quickly disposed of paper or plastic cups.
In the past few years, students have invested in reusable coffee mugs for late night library trips. This has helped us to reduce our campus’ carbon footprint immensely. However, many of us, including myself, struggled to keep the plastic waste down when we wanted our caffeine on the rocks. Once Spring came around I had probably used somewhere between 45-70 plastic ice coffee containers (yeah – I drink a lot of coffee).
Obviously we don’t just kick our caffeine cravings on graduation day. I’m sure the same goes for those men and women making early morning coffee stops before the daily grind (pun intended). Since ice coffee is much more common in these hot summer months, and all of those plastic cups go straight to our landfills, we need an alternative.
Well, the answer has come! Coffee product companies have developed an ingenious reusable ice coffee cup that both resembles the original we love and virtually eliminates the plastic waste.
The upfront investment is minimal ($10-15) . I don’t know about your local coffee shop, but at my university, coffee prices were reduced if you brought in a reusable cup. Instead of the normal $1.25 for black coffee, I only had to pay $0.85 so it only took me about a month to break even. Ask your local coffee shop if they have any green deals. Plus, I guarantee at least three looks of approval from people you stand with in line.
Consider purchasing theses great mug options online, all are great in their own way and will save your $$ and reduce your carbon footprint with every sip !