Did you know that if you bring your own reusable travel mug to Starbucks, your drink will cost 10 cents less, and you can help to help save many paper cups from being tossed in the trash? I don’t often frequent Starbucks, but know that many people love their particular coffee. Ask your local coffee shop if they have a similar program — they may surprise you, or you may give them a great idea for an incentive they can offer their customers. Ten cents doesn’t seem like that much, but it adds up: if you purchase your coffee even just 5 days a week, that’s $26 bucks a year. I’m sure you could think of something to use 26 extra dollars for.

If you love your paper coffee cup, why not try a coffee cup cozy instead of the disposable ones? If you’re crafty, you could even make your own. I’ve read that 1.1 billion cardboard/paper coffee sleeves are thrown away every year.


I think my coolest find of this past week were stainless steel straws. Apparently you can purchase them from many different sources online, but I found mine at Green Design in Princeton, NJ. (They are so much cooler than plastic.)