Every year, Americans drink more than 100 billion cups of coffee. Of those, 14.4 billion are served in disposable paper cups— enough to wrap the earth 55 times if placed end-to-end! Those paper cups contain a plastic lining made from a petrochemical that would produce enough energy to heat 8,300 homes. That’s a town the size of Newtown, Connecticut.
I find myself swimming in those statistics [In all actuality, I believe I account for at least 33.3333% of that annual amount of coffee consumption].
In a recent e/m conversation w/ Miss Mandy Mac, I was confronted w/ the fact that my out-of-the-office office essentially is our local café. Nice to know I have an “office” in almost every city in the US and abroad…quite flexible quarters, I might add. However, within this beautiful bureau of beans, I am also contributing myriad o’ starbucks cups to the ever-growing landfill…even with the new logo, this two finned, overweight, provocative Siren with an ironic resemblance to those malicious ladies from Homer’s Odyssey shouldn’t have to live thousands of years next to last year’s Cosmo magazines and Donnie Osmond’s Rainbow Bright doll.
Hence, another one of my green living life changes…Ergo, I will request a ceramic mug proudly and do my part of saving the planet. Let’s do it for good ol’ Newtown, Connecticut. Who’s with me???