May 07, 2005


I'm not what you would call an environmentalist, but I do my part. I do my best to recycle paper, glass and plastic and make sure I turn off lights when I'm not using them. Because I was spending so much time at a local Starbucks doing work that I began referring to it as my field office, I bought a travel mug to use rather than waste a grande-sized cup every time I get my latte fix. (The cup comes with the added benefit of entitling me to ten cents off every drink I order, which might seem like a paltry sum but quickly adds up after four hundred vanilla skim lattes.)

Today, before I got settled into a solid two hours of writing, I ordered my drink from a familiar barista, handing her my cup along with my four dollars and change. Rather than call out the order to her fellow barista who manned the espresso machine, she wrote the order on a paper cup and then placed the paper cup inside the travel mug. After my drink was made the paper cup was thrown in the trash, giving it a total lifespan of about two minutes.

And we expect human beings to fix global warming?

Posted by Doug at May 7, 2005 02:44 PM

that is reason enough to get that person fired. What a waste.

Posted by: jt at May 8, 2005 01:49 PM

Around here they use Post It Notes with the same little boxes they have on the paper cups. That way they don't have to write on the mugs, like they used to, for people who are staying. Try a stick on note on your travel mug, or write it permanently if you get the same latte every day.

Posted by: FOG at May 8, 2005 03:43 PM