Ireland has been hit by what we’re being told are some of the worst snow conditions since the 1980s. The buses have stopped running, the schools are closed, most people are home from work. The queue in my local shop snakes the whole way through the aisles and out the front door as everyone tries to find the few ‘essentials’ they need before the shops close up. Everyone is in a panic over having enough bread, and supermarket and local shop aisles have been swiped clear of anything resembling a sliced pan.
Buying a reusable coffee cup is just one of many ways we can reduce and reuse, but sometimes we need that extra little push to make sure we use it. A reusable cup discount does the trick. One of the best things about owning my own cup, aside from the number of single-use coffee cups I’ve avoided since buying it, is that I can get discounts on my coffee when I use it. You don’t need to go to a big chain to get money off – there are plenty of great, local specialty coffee shops offering discounts!
Reusable coffee cups are starting to appear everywhere. They’re on sale in lots of coffee shops, homeware shops, and food stores, and more and more people are using them on a daily basis. There’s been a lot of conversation happening around reusable cups as people are becoming aware of the impact their take-away coffees might be having on the planet.
Coffee shops have been paying attention, and you’ll find plenty of local places offering discounts to customers who bring their own cups. In Ireland, there’s been talk of introducing a ‘latte levy’, meaning an additional charge for drinks served in single-use cups. I have a feeling this conversation is only starting, and I want to share my reasons why I think everyone should own a reusable coffee cup.
It can be easy to build up waste over time between coffee cups, plastic bags, food containers, water bottles and all the other things we go through on a daily basis. This stuff is everywhere, it’s usually more convenient, and finding a reusable option isn’t always on the top of our minds. It is easier to recycle now, but there’s always more we can do. These are some simple ways to reuse that don’t require too much effort and will make you feel good!
My focus has always been on finding ways to replace disposable things with reusable things. Once you start paying attention, you start to realise how much waste you go through day to day. All it takes is a few simple steps to start making a difference, so here are four simple ways that I reuse!
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I really love Halloween time. Everything is orange and black, there are silly decorations everywhere, and of course, it’s the time of year when you get to buy a pumpkin, rip out its insides, make a face and stick a candle in it.
Pumpkin carving is something I only really started doing a few years ago when I was in Montréal, and I’ve done it every year since then. Usually, I buy whatever pumpkin is left in the shop close to Halloween, but this year I learned about a pumpkin patch in Co. Meath where you can pick your own. I had no idea there was a pumpkin patch in Ireland, so once I knew it was out there, I had to go and see it.
Shortly after the inauguration of Donald Trump, I stepped into one of my favourite bookstores in Dublin, Hodges Figgis on Dawson Street, to take refuge from the January cold. I started browsing through the tables of books on display and found one with a collection of books around the theme of the new American presidency, including It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis, copies of Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, and this book that particularly caught my eye – What We Do Now – Standing up for your values in Trump’s America, edited by Dennis Johnson and Valerie Merians.