Tip #4 : Reusable Mugs

It’s that time of year again, and it’s this type of intro again! The type that you’ll be reading for the next four months on every local newspaper article and blog post! Blah blah blah snow and mittens blah blah warm fire and Christmas presents blah.

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get down to our sustainable tip for this week: reusable mugs.

Every year when fall comes around, we break out our snow boots and scarves while Starbucks breaks out the Pumpkin Spice Latte’s and pumpkin pound cake and increasingly more pumpkin flavored items.

Our favorite warm drinks from coffee shops tend to come in a “to-go” cup. This cup is usually made of paper with a cardboard “sleeve” to keep you from burning yourself on the piping hot coffee.

Even though paper is recyclable, and there are more recycling bins around every year, recycling is not always the best option. Not all things that are put in bins can be recycled, and resources such as oil and timber, are still being used in production. A reusable mug is a great way to reduce the amount of resources being used when you buy your morning coffee!

Mugs can range from a few dollars to twenty or thirty. I have two myself, here’s one of my favorites:

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This is an insulated mug which can keep your drink either hot or cold pretty much all day. YES, ALL DAY. This is one of the many benefits of having your own mug: it’s far more insulated, so it will keep your drinks the right temperature!

In addition to that, you can buy mugs – like mine – with screw on lids, so you don’t spill all your liquids every time you drop them, which happens a lot if you’re me.

I like mine metal like Klean Kanteen because of my clumsiness. I don’t have to worry about breaking it or spilling it almost ever. But, there are many very cool ceramic or plastic personal mugs that you can buy! Starbucks has an entire line of custom plastic mugs and local artists often make ceramic to-go coffee mugs, I have a beautiful one myself!

Not to mention, Mizzou’s own Craft Studio has offered classes on making your own mugs in the past, so you can completely customize your very own mug!

It’s never too late to buy and use a reusable coffee mug! Even if you forget sometimes, this is what it’s all about! Baby Steps to Sustainability.

The Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 edition MOVIE REVIEW

Guest Writer: Jay Wang
The Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 edition
directed by Robert Greenwald

 

Senate Majority leader Harry Reid called out his Republican colleagues for being addicted to Koch’s money. The Kochs, a name that shares similar pronunciation with a popular illegal drug, are now the Democratic Party’s number one enemy for not only spending millions of dollars on right-wing politicians’ campaign, but also covering up environmental crime their company committed and attempt to segregate the schools. The movie, The Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition, directed by Robert Greenwald, uncovers the shady political activities the billionaire brothers has been doing for years.
Like the movies of Brave New Films (the production company of the film), it was released on online last spring and had a limited theatrical before or had a private screening. Brave New Films are known for producing editorial documentaries and investigative videos on current issues. Previously, they created Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism, about the rise and exploits of Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News Network, and Walmart: The High Cost of Low Price, a critical look into the world’s largest chain store.
Their latest target is the Koch family and the brothers’ cronyism within corridors of the power. It starts out with brief history of the Koch family. After that, we see how the brother attempted to segregate the school by funding a school board director’s campaign. Furthermore into the film, we get to see more of brothers’ hideous crime to humanity: softening the environmental regulation which makes the pollution from factory affect the people around negatively.
Using news footages, recorded Skype conversations, handheld videos, and animated infographics, Greenwald made a strong case against the Koch Brothers’ agenda and their influence in politic. While its presentation may seems amateur at best, but it demonstrated how many lives of Americans are ruined under the rigged system done by the Kochs. In the recent recent years, we heard many excuses from global warming deniers kept saying how they are not a scientist, and receive checks from their fundraisers. This film would explain this ongoing political phenomenon.
If you enjoy reading news stories about corruptions and injustices within American political system, then The Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 would shock you, and fascinate you.