I recycle paper cups. It is true. I do. In particular I save the nice sturdy cups I get at the coffee shop. Plain white ones. No logos. I’m not sure why I save them, but I have quite a nice stack of them now.
At first I thought they would be handy for my coffee when I sat on the front lawn with my newspaper and a book. So I saved some of the black plastic lids that go with the cups, too. People likely thought I was drinking a cup of coffee from one of the coffee shops around the corner, but I had something much better.
Interestingly…these cups hold up rather well. I grab one when I am in a hurry and don’t want to take the time to wash dishes. The thinking is environmentally sound in a relative way. I figure I’ll just have my coffee, orange juice, milk…and even the occasional wine, but never beer…in the cup, gulp it down and toss it. What would have been a single use cup has now be reused and I will not use any water cleaning a glass. But then many times I’ll finish my juice or milk or whatever and think: I have a perfectly fine cup here. It would be a shame to toss it. And so I rinse and reuse again and repeat the cycle. I RE-cycle!
I do throw them away eventually and occasionally. Nevertheless, I have seven cups in stock now. It would be bad form to use these cups with guests, but I could host a pleasant little party with just paper cups. Three or four of my guests could have an old plastic lid, too.
You can buy the exceptionally sturdy double-walled cups in a case of 600 for about $100. Or you can just save them after your morning coffee. You know what I like to do. What about you? Consider recycling your old paper cup.
And while you are pondering that, scroll down a post or two and read something better on this blog. There is great stuff tucked away here and there. Don’t miss it!
And don’t forget to tell your friends.
I am afraid I might lose my one regular reader — U No Hu — so I figure I better make an attempt at connecting the dots with a sales story and here it is: A good salesman will ask for referrals and sell after the sale. He’ll remind you of other useful products and services he can provide to you. That’s essentially what I do here with my “scroll down” and “tell your friends” closes on these otherwise strange posts. You’ve read the post — the “sale” has “closed” — and I am selling after the sale and looking for referrals.
Truthfully, I just wanted to let people know that I save my paper cups. (I collect jars, too, by the way.)
- Home Brewed Gourmet Coffee in Washable Travel Mugs Reduces Recycling of Paper Cups (prweb.com)
- The environmental cost of coffee to go | Sheila Hayman (guardian.co.uk)