2/3/2011 12:20 PM
Everyone has a favorite coffee shop in Aspen, and this month ZGreen is encouraging everyone to get out and support their favorite by using a reusable cup.
The ZGreen Cup Challenge is a competition among coffee shops in Aspen to see which business can use the most reusable cups in one week from Monday, Feb. 7, to Sunday, Feb. 13.
As a customer, remember to bring your reusable mug. Don’t have one? Stop by the Environmental Health Department on the second floor of City Hall to pick up a free cup.
Encourage your friends and co-workers to do the same, but don’t stop there. Start making a habit of bringing your mug, and it will save you money throughout the year. All participating coffee shops offer a discount if you “BYOM,” and savings could average $200 a year if you drink coffee every day.
French Pastry Café
The Aspen Corner Store
Most coffee cups are made from 100% virgin white paper, not recycled paper, because recycled content can’t withstand high temperatures. With the U.S. using 23 billion paper coffee cups each year, that’s more than 9 million trees that were needed to make those cups. Also, most cups are covered with a thin plastic resin that helps insulate the cup. This lining prevents the cup from being recycled or composted, which means that all those cups end up in the landfill. For more information on water and energy use and waste, click here.
The City of Aspen's ZGreen Program is a three-part certification and outreach program designed to reduce the environmental impacts of Aspen's citizens, visitors, businesses and events.
Visit www.AspenZGreen.com for more.