As you may recall from December’s meeting, the Psychology department hosted a mug contest to encourage people to bring mugs from home. Everyone brought a mug unique to their personality and employees guessed who owned each mug. The mugs are now kept in the office and used instead of paper cups.
If your co-workers consistently use paper cups for coffee, this contest is a great way to encourage mug use. After the contest, share this fact with them: According to aboutmyplanet.com, 16 billion paper cups are used for coffee each year in the United States – the equivalent of approximately 6.5 million trees.
If this appeal doesn’t convince your co-workers that using mugs is important, think about it this way: using mugs from home is much more cost-effective than purchasing paper cups. Using mugs for coffee is a great way to reduce your office’s spending while making a positive impact on the environment.
If you can get people on board with this idea, try locking paper cups in a cabinet only accessible by one person. If visitors come, you can still offer them coffee in a paper cup; however, your co-workers will be forced to use only their mug for coffee.