Starting April 1st, Sustainable Bainbridge’s Zero Waste along with the help of Buy Nothing Bainbridge (BNB), is launching a waste reduction campaign called BYOM (Bring Your Own to-go Mug) in honor of Earth Day.
The campaign entails posting BYOM clings at coffee houses around Bainbridge as a gentle reminder to bring your own to-go mug, not unlike the reminders to bring your own bags at grocery stores.
While some people habitually bring their own to-go mugs, many don’t know that they can or just need a little reminding. An avid coffee drinker can create 23lbs of garbage in a year in coffee cups/lids/cozies alone. And, according to a study conducted by Starbucks and the Alliance for the Environmental Innovation (April 2000), each paper cup manufactured is responsible for 0.24 lbs of CO2 emissions.
For the month of April, you’ll see the BYOM graphic displayed in coffee house windows throughout Bainbridge. The following coffee houses are showing their support for waste reduction: Bainbridge Bakers, Blackbird Bakery, Pegasus, Roosters, Rollingbay Café, Commuter Comforts, Town & Country Espresso Shop and Boathouse Coffee. If your restaurant or store is not on the list and you’d like to be, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get a cling and show your support.
Come to our Earth Day display at the Farmers’ Market on April 19th where you’ll see what 23lbs of cup garbage looks like as well as pick up a free reusable cup from BNB while they last.
Sustainable Bainbridge serves as an incubator for new initiatives concerning a variety of sustainability issues including: Bainbridge Community Broadcasting, Positive Energy, Prepared Neighborhoods, Sound Food, Building a Sustainable Economy (BASE lectures at the library), Zero Waste and many more. http://www.sustainablebainbridge.org