Colin’s Coffee is getting rid of disposable plastic water bottles. To replace them, we will sell you a water bottle you can refill and reuse for the same price of $2. Did you know it takes every single plastic bottle 1,000 YEARS to decompose and Americans buy 29 BILLION bottles each year? Well, it’s time to take a chunk out of that. If my math is right I figure our new efforts will reduce American’s plastic bottle consumption to just 28.99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 BILLION each year. Boom.
I know it’s not much, but it’s a start. Being a small business owner it’s a fine line between doing the right thing and paying the bills. I’d love to be able to provide everyone with organic, free-trade hand-crafted paper straws but I just can’t do it and keep the lights on. But here is the good news, you (and me) can use our own straws. Or no straws at all. We can individually make decisions to cut down on waste.
I know I try to do the right thing with decidedly mixed results. I probably bring my own bag to the store 80% of the time? I still pick up a plastic bottle of water on the way to a baseball game now and again. That needs to change. I can do better. From small things big things one day will come. Remember when rock n roll used to be considered pollution? Well, we put our minds to it and made it better. Change is possible.