Zero Waste Tip #3: Reusable Coffee Mugs

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3. Stop buying coffee in the drive-thru.

I get it. I really do. If you’re pulling into the Starbucks drive-thru, it’s completely inconvenient to ask the barista, “Hey, can you put my latte in my own mug?” Trust me, I’ve tried it, and you can’t help feeling a mix of high and mighty, a lot of embarrassment, and a little bit like the barista is complaining to everyone else he’s working with about your crazy demands.

Zero Waste Tip #3: Reusable Coffee Mugs

So, unless you’re willing to stick to your request in the drive-thru, the best option is to carry your own mug and hand it straight to the barista when you order inside the building. This way, no one has to wait on you to reach the front of the drive-thru line. No disposable coffee cups go to the landfill, and you’re not inconveniencing anyone. Win, win!

Pro Tip: There are a million different types of reusable coffee mugs out there, and it doesn’t matter what it looks like! Just find one that you like enough to use every day, and make sure it fits in your cup holder! I prefer the ones that aren’t insulated, so that it doesn’t keep my coffee scalding for 3 hours. Check out this cute “mama needs coffee” mug on Amazon!

Lifestyle Benefit: Forcing yourself to ditch the drive-thru is a spectacular way to stay within budget, because on days when you have no time to walk inside (or you don’t want to because it’s pouring down rain), you just don’t buy coffee that day. Trust me, you’ll survive!

On days when you can go inside, take your coffee shop moments to breathe deeply, look around, and slow down for a change. We need more of those moments in life.

And for yet another win, some coffee shops (including Starbucks and Einstein Bros. Bagels) will actually give you a slight discount for bringing your own mug!

Earth Benefit: If you’re like me, you’ll be surprised to discover that most disposable coffee cups cannot be recycled. Choose to do your part to keep them out of the landfill!

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