To-Go Cups: needless waste.
What if America changed its ways, slowed down, enjoyed life fully, spared the planet and our health? Begin with something small:
I never, ever use a to-go cup. Okay, that may not be weird–others do this–but it’s weird enough that, sadly, millions of bleached paper (bad for watershed, life) plastic-lined (bad for you, not compostable ever) to go cups and plastic lids (recycling plastic isn’t eco) get used every month in the US alone, let alone the world.
How to do this, if you want to do this too.
Of course, you expect me to say bring a to-go cup with you, always. I don’t. But if you do, bring a porcelain mug or stainless steel to go cup, or an old-fashion Ball or Mason Jar in a piece of cloth to protect it for heat. You can use the stripes from an old tube sock, it’s cool ;).
I don’t usually bring a cup with me, unless I’m traveling or going to the farmers’ market. Instead, I always ask for-here. Even if we’re running off in a minute, I ask for-here and just get an espresso, which cools quickly and is easy and quick to drink.
That’s it! Benefits: environment, health, almost never having to empty my trash.
PS: compostable is much better but not eco, at all. Still tons of shipping, manufacturing, and carbon involved.