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- Make your coffee or tea at home. Not only are you saving the ridiculous waste and packaging, you will also make a drink that is better for you. Any time I go to a cafe I am stunned at the amount of ingredients they put in simple things like coffee and iced tea. Why do we need so many syrups and additives? You can also make it exactly to your taste and enjoy it without waiting in lines.
- If you are going to a cafe bring a mug or commuter mug from home. Not only will you be saving that paper cup, but you will also be able to keep your drink warm or cold for hours. (My mugs can also be turned upside down without spilling which means I can carry them around campus without worrying about wearing it or spilling it all over my books.)
- If you get a drink out every day you can keep a mug in your car for the days you forget, or switch it out every day for a clean one.
Ditching the single use paper or plastic cup benefits the environment, saves you money, and is much nicer to drink out of, whether your beverage is hot or cold.