Coffee Shops Encourage Sustainability with Mugs

5 years 9 months 31 minutes ago April 22, 2011 Apr 22, 2011 Friday, April 22 2011 Friday, April 22, 2011 5:26:00 PM CDT in News
By: Rachel Field
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COLUMBIA- Coffee shops are celebrating Earth Day by encouraging the use of environmentally friendly coffee mugs.

A newer trend for coffee drinkers are reusable to-go mugs. Arnie Fagan is an avid coffee drinker and he uses reusable mugs every day.

"It's just a really efficient way to do it, drinking good quality coffee no matter where you are," said Fagan. "Using something that's reusable makes a lot more sense for the environment."

Lakota Coffee is a local coffee shop in downtown Columbia that sells reusable mugs. Lakota also serves its coffee in ceramic mugs and cold beverages in glasses, instead of paper cups.

"It obviousy cuts down on the amount of paper that gets thrown away into the environment, certainly if paper cups don't hit the earth, and they don't break down. So by using these mugs, we give the customers a discount," said Skip Decharme, owner of Lakota Coffee. "When they buy our mug, they get their first drink free."

Decharme says they sell several reusable mugs every day.

"They like the idea of saving money, because we'll give you a discount for bringing in a mug. More and more people are concerned about the environment and what goes into the landfills and how much goes into the landfills," said Decharme.

MU is also working to promote more sustainable eating and drinking options. In some of the markets on campus, students are able to use their meal points to buy reusable bags to store food and meals. They can also use reusable mugs at some of the cafes. MU Campus DIning Services Associate Director Steve Simpson said they are encouraging students to be make sustainable choices.

"At the start of the school semester, we purchased over 4,000 reusable mugs that were passed out for free on the first day of class, and now the students can use them throughout the year."

Students can bring any reusable mug to the cafes on campus and receive a discount.

Some coffee shops offered free coffee to those who brought in a reusable mug in honor of Earth day.

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