First I want to send a big shout out to my favorite place for coffee and donuts, DUNKIN DONUTS!! This morning I stopped in our local Dunks for some donuts and overheard that they were giving away free cups with the purchase of a medium or larger beverage…say what free cups??? 😀 That sparked excitement in the whole line and the gentleman in front of me commented how nice it was of me to get everyone out of their cold blah mood and excited about a free cup. (That’s another story though but something to ponder of why we are so blah and just ho-hum in line). When it was my turn to order I said that I thought it was great they were giving out cups this morning and the manager said it was to help promote reusing cups and even told me that you get a discount when you bring it back in! I said I thought that was great and commented how I used to bring in my own cup on a regular basis but for some reason had stopped. This simple event got me thinking – why did I stop bringing in my own cup? My sister and I buy new iced-coffee cups almost every time they release a new one. Plus I use it at home all the time! So here it is:
The cup that sparked this post – do reuse incentives work? Personally I think they do, or at least for me they do. Now that I know I will get a refill discount at Dunks for bringing in a Dunks cup I will make more of an effort to do so. Yet what about grocery shopping? When we lived in Williamsburg Troy & I were very diligent about bringing in our own bags. Was it because we cared about the environment? Well, sort of but truly I know I cared about the incentive! You see most of the grocery stores in the burg gave you money off your grocery bill, typically 10 cents per bag! I know it may not seem like much but hey money off a bill is money saved! We were much “greener” in those days – walking to the store for our groceries (it was only a quarter mile away) and bringing in our own bags. Carpooling, walking or biking (bicycle folks we don’t have a motorcycle) to work or Sophia’s school. We composted and had a decent garden, etc. I wish we did more of that here. It is tough at times and I really wish there were more sidewalks around here because I would totally utilize them to walk Sophia to school, etc. As I say though “be realistic” new sidewalks aren’t going to be put in with the snap of my fingers but here’s what I can do – I can start reusing my grocery bags for groceries, I can continue to reuse the plastic bags we do have for picking up doggie poop for example (hey folks don’t forget your dogs poop it’s so nasty when you don’t and just think of it this way – your dogs crap left out like that goes straight back into your drinking water!) or household waste basket liners. I can also make sure to bring my own cup, incentive or not from now on, into Dunks for my coffee. I encourage you to find just one small thing you and your family can start doing now to reuse something because a little bit goes a long way!