Hope For The World

Two things happened today that give me hope for the world. One involves Carter and I am not going to disclose what she said, but it involves helping have a smaller carbon foot print and making decisions that help the planet overall.

The second happened at a meeting I went to in Raleigh. I was invited to speak to a group of women in non-profit leadership. They invited me to dinner before my talk. As a I took my seat at the table I noticed I was the only person who did not show up at the meeting with my own reusable cup to drink from. These women came from Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh and were all younger than me. Most of them did not know each other, yet still they all independently showed up with their own cup.

Truth be told, I had my reusable cup in the car, but by the time I realized that everyone brought a cup in, my hostess had already gotten me a disposable cup filled with my drink. I felt like I was being bad for the planet.

I didn’t point out the cup issue to the group, but certainly took note that bringing your own cup with you wherever you go is now the thing to do. I wonder if I could drive through a fast food place and hand them my cup and ask them to fill it rather than having them give me a new cup? It might make filling my order take a minute longer. I almost always have a cup in the car. I just don’t want them to make the drink in a disposable cup and then just have them pour it in my cup and then throw their cup away. That would defeat the purpose.

It may be a small thing to not create cup waste, but if I consider how many cups I could throw away in a year, especially plastic ones I feel bad. Now I need to go on a crusade to get restaurants to use my cup as my to-go option.

The World

Two things happened today that give me hope for the world. One involves Carter and I am not going to disclose what she said, but it involves helping have a smaller carbon foot print and making decisions that help the planet overall.

The second happened at a meeting I went to in Raleigh. I was invited to speak to a group of women in non-profit leadership. They invited me to dinner before my talk. As a I took my seat at the table I noticed I was the only person who did not show up at the meeting with my own reusable cup to drink from. These women came from Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh and were all younger than me. Most of them did not know each other, yet still they all independently showed up with their own cup.

Truth be told, I had my reusable cup in the car, but by the time I realized that everyone brought a cup in, my hostess had already gotten me a disposable cup filled with my drink. I felt like I was being bad for the planet.

I didn’t point out the cup issue to the group, but certainly took note that bringing your own cup with you wherever you go is now the thing to do. I wonder if I could drive through a fast food place and hand them my cup and ask them to fill it rather than having them give me a new cup? It might make filling my order take a minute longer. I almost always have a cup in the car. I just don’t want them to make the drink in a disposable cup and then just have them pour it in my cup and then throw their cup away. That would defeat the purpose.

It may be a small thing to not create cup waste, but if I consider how many cups I could throw away in a year, especially plastic ones I feel bad. Now I need to go on a crusade to get restaurants to use my cup as my to-go option.



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