Be entered to WIN a $25 gift certificate to a local cafe — plus a free reusable mug!
Participating Coffee Shops: Bonfire Coffee • Dos Gringos • Franck Thirion French Pastry • ink! Coffee • Mawa’s Kitchen • Paradise Bakery & Cafe * Peach’s Corner Café • Roxy’s Market • Spring Cafe • Starbucks (Aspen and Basalt locations)
Why Are We Doing This? Because it’s fun, it helps reduce waste, and it supports our local businesses.
Did you know?
Cups are wasteful! The paper cups you receive at a coffee shop cannot be recycled! They are trash and go straight to the landfill. Every year, the average American office worker uses about 500 disposable cups and Americans throw away 25 billion styrofoam coffee cups.
They require resources: Americans throw away 58 billion cups per year. Manufacturing the paper for 58 billion cups requires 20 million trees and 12 billion gallons of water. For more information watch this short video.
They increase carbon emissions: According to a study conducted by Starbucks and the Alliance for the Environmental Innovation (April 2000), each paper cup manufactured is responsible for 0.24 lbs of CO2 emissions. If you use a reusable mug every day during the Mug Shot Challenge, you can reduce your CO2 emissions by a total of 7.2 lbs. for the month of November.
In 2012, the City of Aspen, Town of Snowmass Village, City of Basalt and City of Carbondale joined together to form “Waste Free Roaring Fork” (WFRF) a program designed to reduce waste throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.
One of the goals of the Community Office for Resource Efficiency is to promote resource efficiency. Waste in the form of food waste, building waste, electronic waste etc. is demonstrative of inefficient resource use. In fact, waste itself can be a resource when food scraps are turned to compost, methane exhaust is turned to fuel, or building scraps are repurposed! CORE works to reduce landfill waste by promoting reuse and smarter resource management.
Waste Free Roaring Fork was instrumental in passing the single-use plastic bag ban in Aspen and Carbondale. Additionally, WFRF implements the following programs and events:
The annual “Mug Shot Contest”
Educational programming on waste reduction around the holidays
Waste-Not-Want-Not, a competition designed to build awareness of plastic waste and to promote conservation.
Xeriscaping 101 is a community workshop featuring Heather Henry, founder of Concept One Design. The class is free and open to the public, and an RSVP is requested: firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants will be entered to win $50 in gardening supplies.
CORE works cooperatively with businesses, individuals, utilities and government entities to create measurable improvements in energy and water efficiency in order to benefit the environment and develop a more sustainable economy.