This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Aladdin. All opinions are 100% mine.
Disposable products like water bottles, coffee cups and food containers have become staples in the every day lives of families everywhere. Unfortunately, something that may seem super convenient, like walking into a store and purchasing a bottle of water, getting a cup of coffee at your local cafe, or ordering take out, has a pretty negative impact on your finances, not to mention the environment.
In recent years we’ve heard a lot of talk about the importance of living a little greener and we’ve seen a lot of families take the initiative to reduce, reuse and recycle when they can, but there’s still a lot more that we can collectively be doing every day to minimize the amount of waste we produce. Aladdin, creators of reusable and portable travel coffee mugs, water bottles and food containers, have created an awesome way to inspire more people to do away with their frequently used disposable products with the Do The Reuse Challenge.
Do The Reuse Challenge asks people everywhere to make a commitment to give up their disposable paper cups, water bottles and/or food containers for 30 days. A whole month of giving up one or all of these disposable products may seem like a bit much, especially if you have a routine where you stop at the same cafe every day for your morning cup of coffee or order from the same restaurant every day for your lunch break, but it’s such a small amount of time and it will make a significant impact on your wallet and the environment, which is a win/win all around.
The impact just one person can make by reusing is beyond substantial; I was beyond surprised by the statistics I read about how much really goes in to these disposable products and how much we, as an entire country, use them. In the United States, 50 billion disposable water bottles are consumed per year; that’s 137,000 every single day that are clogging up landfills. When you purchase your morning coffee from a cafe every day it will cost about $636, but if you brew your own at home, it will only wind up costing you about $165 a year; that is such a tremendous savings alone!
What I like most about Aladdin’s Do The Reuse Challenge is that there are nine families who have agreed to take this challenge head-on and also blog all about their experience, the impact they’re having on the environment, how much money they’re saving and how their lives are changing overall. These are just regular, every day people who have signed on to make an impact in the world and for their families and I really like how Aladdin is making it their mission to spread the word and also prove through these people that the importance of recycling and sustaining isn’t just liberal propaganda.
I drink a ton of coffee and really love being able to bring it with me when I have to run out instead of picking up a coffee at a local cafe or chain coffee shop where I’ll be left with a disposable paper cup. For over a year now I have had but one good reusable travel coffee mug and it was getting pretty worn out, so you can just imagine my excitement when I was sent the Transform Recycled & Recyclable travel coffee mug from Aladdin.
This travel coffee mug is made from recycled plastics–97% recycled food grade polypropylene containing 25% post consumer content–and it is also recyclable wherever plastic is collected. The mug is super high quality, soft and really stylish. It’s green and I love the color green, so that gave me a little thrill and the clasp on the top makes it so you can completely close the mug so if you’re driving with it, you can put it safely in the car cup and not have to worry about anything spilling out of it. On the side of the Transform travel coffee mug is the text and logo from the Do the Reuse Challenge, but it isn’t totally obstructive; it’s done stylishly and with just enough of a ‘I have a message to spread’ attitude. At $9.99 I don’t see how you cannot want one of these mugs; in fact, I have seen many places sell travel coffee mugs that aren’t as high quality as this for a much higher price.
Will you take Aladdin up on their challenge to ditch your disposables for 30 days (or more)? Check out the Do The Reuse Challenge and sign up for the challenge you think could benefit your family the most. Also, check out Aladdin on Facebook to stay up to date with eco-consciousness in the news around the country, as well as how people are being impacted by this challenge. If you’re thinking about hopping on board with this challenge, you may also want to check out Aladdin’s selection of reusable food containers, travel mugs, water bottles and more. Not only are they reusable, they’re also really stylish!
12 thoughts on “Do the Reuse Challenge: Make an Impact by Giving Up Disposables for 30 Days”
people need to realize that the smallest things makes a difference. the biggest problem is people saying, “well, my one coffee cup a day doesn’t matter”. quite the opposite.
reuse, ecological, recycling is practically synonymous, here in Brazil it all turned watchword.
Recycling is really a good habit. We are not only lessening the waste but also we are helping the environment.
When we started to separate recyclable waste from our refuse I was shocked at how much packaging we really use, most of it completely unnecessary.
However, it isn’t always so easy to cut down. While you can stay away from Starbucks (or whoever) for 30 days easily and not have to waste a Styrofoam cup, many foodstuffs are wrapped, even there is no reason for them to be supplied that way.
I would love to cut down more than I am already – but realistically it is the producers who need to cut down. How can we be more vocal about that?
I saw last night that KFC is now serving some of their food items in reusable containers. This is the first time I’ve seen this from a fast food restaurant, but maybe it will be the start of a new trend in the industry.
Nice topic. Its is very important for environment too. recycling of plastic is major issues now days for safety of environment.If it is possible to recycle a disposable so it is great discovery.
A great challenge, and one that could make a differnce if enough people did it.
Its really a interesting post! Recycling is really a good habit. Recycling of plastic materials is major issues now days for safety of environment.
We’ve been green before it was popular. Burlap bags are the ultimate in green bags. They can be reused over and over and, when their usefulness is done, bury them and they decompose.
Heck, you can even boil it down, throw in some potatoes and spices, and make stew from them.
My daughter bought these amazing organic cloth diapers, same shape as disposables and she’ll be able to use them till baby is toilet trained. It worked out less expensive than disposables over a couple of years….and better for the environment.
Most people want to be eco-friendly but for the most part at least currently sometimes going green technlogoy is not financially a good idea currently.I have looked at eco-friendly and green technology alternatives like igo green charger and have adapted where it makes financial sense. So far I have also installed solar panels on my home but while looking for a electric car I find the cost doesnt justify it for me. While I am passionate about making green choices and opting for green technology whenever possible it is up to people like you and I to spread awareness and let the companies know there is a demand. Your website looks popular and I think you can help influence society with your insight and green technology tips. By the way I found your site by searching ” Do the Reuse Challenge: Make an Impact by Giving Up Disposables for 30 Days | Woman Tribune ” and you were the first result. So I think your website is a perfect platform to discuss ideas that are thought provoking to help influence your readers to go green. – Good luck with your site, you deserve all the success! Please continue to talk about more eco-tips/green tech, every idea helps us get closer day by day!
You can also use paper shredding services and an environmental calculator to calculate tree savings. http://www.document-shredding.org