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The Green Life: Green Your Caffeine: Banish Paper Cups

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February 01, 2010

Green Your Caffeine: Banish Paper Cups

Coffee mug If you’re like us, you need a jolt of caffeine to start your day, especially on these cold winter mornings. You already know to buy organic, fair-trade, and shade-grown coffee and tea, so this week we’re giving you other tips for making your daily cup eco-friendlier.

Tip #1: Take a Commuter Mug

When heading out the door in the morning, grab a commuter mug to hand the barista at your favorite coffee shop; you may even get a small discount. Skip the plastic mug in favor of ceramic or stainless steel. On days when you’re in a hurry and forget the mug, check your paper cup, sleeve, and lid to see whether they can be recycled or composted.

Tip #2: Use a French Press

Tip #3: Drink Tea Instead

Tip #4: Boil Water Efficiently

Tell us: Does your local cafe offer a discount for bringing your own mug?

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