My Dad has been an avid coffee drinker for as long as I can remember. My morning routine as a child before getting dropped off to school, consisted of me waiting in the drive through at Tim Hortons as my dad ordered his favourite drink. To this day, the order remains the same; a large coffee double double. He has been drinking that disgusting solution at least twice a day for years and I have watched him. Both of our actions have contributed to the world’s linear economy, which is something that-if we want to have enough resources by 2050- needs to stop. The world’s population needs to adopt a lifestyle based on sustainability and our actions that may seem so harmless, such as drinking coffee from one-time use only cups, hinder us from doing so.
I wouldn’t say that I am a goody two shoes, but there are some rules that I make a point to follow. Even before being a part of the Boussole program, I did consider the impact my actions would have on the environment. I would always make sure to recycle and would scream at my friends “Hey! That’s recycling not garbage”. Therefore, whenever I would tell my dad to make sure that he put his coffee cup in the recycling, my heart would swell with pride. I felt as if I was saving the planet or something. Although recycling is great, as we have learned through Boussole, it is not a long-term solution.
My actions don’t seem so heroic now that I have learned about circular economy and what it entails. Now that I know, next time that my dad goes to Tim Hortons I’ll say, “For the love of coffee, would it kill you to use a reusable cup?!”