A couple of years ago, I started having an interest in ecology and sustainability. I watched many videos about ocean pollution, plastic waste, climate change and related topics and was appalled with what I saw. I wondered, ‘What can I do, as an individual, to make a positive impact?’. The answer for me was to produce less waste.
When I moved to Sweden to study, I started to consider how much waste I produced through my coffee consumption. If I continued to drink at least two cups of coffee per day (almost always, on to go), I would throw away 730 cups per year and more than 30,000 cups in my life. After realising this, I wanted to change something, so I decided I would not contribute to those scary waste numbers. Thus, I decided to buy a reusable cup to reduce the amount of waste I produce daily.
I went to Stockholm and found the best reusable cup I have ever seen. Everything was perfect – size, colours, weight, materials, just everything. Even though it was expensive for me, I bought it because I knew it was worth it. Let me explain why.
First, you pay, then you receive your money back
Sounds a bit weird but it’s exactly like this! Many coffee shops offer excellent discounts for those who come with their own cup. Some places can also refill your cup for free. Always ask about what you can get with your own reusable cup, and you will be surprised that you can receive great advantages.
People will smile at you
When I visit coffee places with my reusable cup people always smile at me. ‘Such a nice cup!’, ‘It’s so cute’, ‘Wow, I’ve never seen such a beautiful cup’, ‘That’s so cool that you do good things for the environment’ – I hear it almost every day, and it’s so empowering. It’s especially helpful in autumn and winter when everything turns a little depressing, and their words make me much happier.
It's a good step towards a more sustainable life
The answer might be obvious: by creating less waste you definitely play a significant part in taking care of the environment.
You enjoy your drink more with your own cup
It’s difficult to describe how different it feels to drink from your own reusable cup unless you try it first. Believe me; you will enjoy the taste of coffee more if you drink it from a glass or bamboo cup rather than drinking it from a single-use paper-plastic cup. It’s like drinking coffee from your favourite cup at home, but this one can be taken with you.
Changing habits is easy as I have understood this from my experience. I feel better producing less waste. I have since joined a group at university that is working to promote sustainable coffee drinking and wants to encourage people to use reusable cups. I believe that step by step we can make small changes, so why not start right now?