Ok, here was my first conscious attempt to reduce the amount of trash I create as a consumer. Failed attempt I might add. Early morning, I planned to pick up a coffee for Tracy and I from Tim Hortons, but thinking ahead I brought along 2 stainless steel travel coffee mugs.
No paper cup = no “one time use” piece of garbage.
Quite simple it seems, and not very difficult of an idea to conceive. At least until I got to Timmys. I went into the store rather than dealing with in inaudible loud-speaker. I explained to the woman at the counter that I have my own 2 mugs, as I set them on the counter in front of her, and would like 2 large coffees in these mugs. “Please don’t use a paper cup to pour the coffee into my mugs, I don’t want to waste a cup.” (I’ve heard that this had happened to a friend) Again, seems simple enough.
Before I even finish my sentence a woman standing 3 feet from the till leans over with a coffee filled paper cup and asks “oh-you want it in your mug??”
Failed attempt #1 to save a tree and reduce my use of paper coffee cups. Maybe better luck next time. Further discussion with the Timmys lady revealed that I should have asked for “a coffee refill, I have my own travel mug”. Setting the 2 mugs in front of her wasn’t indication enough! So to others attempting to use your own mug, be sure to emphasize the “refill” part of it to avoid using the paper cup for meer seconds rather than meer minutes.
Keith -the paper cup using coffee drinker