Less Trash Tuesday: Whiskey at Work? Try Disguising Your Cup…

I work in a small office with an even smaller “kitchen.” As a nice gesture, our boss purchased a Keruig coffee machine and disposable coffee cups to accommodate this tasty beverage.  Unfortunately, all of our employees use these disposal cups for their single serving waters and coffees which then end up in the trash…

What if people REALLY are SO lazy that they cannot be “inconvenienced” to do something to help THEIR environment?  What if people think it’s truly THAT difficult to institute small changes in their daily behaviors in order to make a big difference?  This is what inspired us to start writing “Tips for How To Create Less Trash Tuesday.”

Each Tuesday, someone from the World Is Your Dumpster movement will share a new, simple tip that they implement in their daily lives in order to create less waste.

I work in a small office with an even smaller “kitchen.” As a nice gesture, our boss purchased a Keruig coffee machine and disposable coffee cups to accommodate this tasty beverage.  Unfortunately, all of our employees use these disposal cups for their single serving waters and coffees which then end up in the trash.  Now, we are only an office of 9 people, but if each person drinks one cup of water per day and one cup of coffee, that’s 18 cups per day or 90 cups per work week, being senselessly used.  I wanted to try and figure out a way we could reduce our waste, so I purchased some ceramic travel cups and viola, our consumption and trash is drastically reduced!  Our employees sometimes still use the disposal cups, behavior change isn’t always easy, but less and less cups are being used and I have even seen some bringing them to our local barista for a refill.

A simple gesture, spending $3.50 (the cost of one cup of coffee), can have a HUGE impact on the amount of waste we produce.  I purchased our cups at Marshall’s (2 for $7) and I’m sure you can pick some up for even less if you checked out your local Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Target or Walmart.

Here’s the ones that we use:

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Remember, a small action can have the a BIG impact.

Do you have a great idea of how to reduce, reuse, recycle and create less trash?  Submit it to The World Is Your Dumpster and help us create a less wasteful world.

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