Starbucks. One part of their business is retail sales of re-usable cups, coffee makers, bodums etc… and then there is the consumable products they sell. It used to be they would ask you if it as for here or to go. If you were staying they would put it in a ceramic mug for you. Nowadays they don’t ask that. If you don’t bring your own cup they provide you with one that is partially recyclable but for the most part people tend to throw them out before they get home. I have one hot and one cold re-usable beverage cups of theirs. Still there are days I do not have them on me when I get a craving. Usually when I go there it is just for a drink but sometimes I get a snack too. They have sandwiches in plastic containers and water pre-bottled for convenience. Many options are there though that can be done zero-waste. Chocolate covered pretzels, scones, crispy rice squares and bananas are just some of the options that don’t come already packaged. The only thing we need to do is refuse the little bags and come prepared with a container and a to-go cup. So today I wanted a coffee while at work. I went to the Starbucks next door to my work and took a look at the wall behind the counter. Low and behold they still have ceramic mugs back there. When I asked whether or not I could borrow a mug and bring it back later (they knew where to find me) they agreed. So with my steaming cup of joe I returned to work experiment intact! Okay so most of you wouldn’t be able to do that. Of course we could just ask for our drink in a cup and consume it while at the coffee shop once it a while. Savour the little moments or something to that effect.