For the love of coffee!!

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?!”  

8 réflexions au sujet de “For the love of coffee!!”

  1. That article is super good!! Just like most others, Tim Hortons has been around since my youth days and I seen it grow until now. I agree, It’s important mentioning to the public how their cup can impact the environment. They’re a big business that represents for a lot of millions of people a great company. Considering, it popularity, changing theirs ways of serving their product can at least make a difference reducing the impacts!!

    1. Hi Tioshae,
      Tim Hortons has been a staple in many Canadians lives for decades now and like Fodé said it’s a huge influential company across Canada! Considering they sell millions of cups of great coffee every year, unfortunately it also means that millions of single use cups get thrown away, contributing to the linear economy. Thankfully people are taking the initiative to bring their own reusable cups. As you said, recycling is not a long-term solution so when everyday Canadians make the easy decision to not use those dreaded paper cups, they make a huge difference in the grand scheme of things. Lessening the amount of ressources used in order to produce them.
      Great article btw!

  2. Hi Tioshae,
    I really enjoyed your article, I can easily relate to it as I have the same issue with my parents. The thing is getting them to use a reusable cup isn’t just the issue. If you haven’t seen this happen before, you might have heard M. Morin talking about it in class. Even if you were to get Tim Hortons to serve your coffee in your reusable cup, they might end up using a paper cup anyways, to make sure the measurements are right. I’m not saying that encouraging your parents to use reusable cups isn’t great, it’s a step forward but we still have to encourage coffee distributers to use less paper.

  3. Hi Tioshae,
    I really appreciated reading your blogue post, I have been waiting for a minute for someone to post something about big companies such as Timmies and reusable cups, even I was thinking about posting something about it. I am not going to lie, sometimes I also tend to get the paper cups instead of the porcelain ones when I get my drink for here, and I really need to change that, but as you know me, it would be impossible for me to carry a mug in my backpack everywhere I go since I toss it around everywhere and all the time! That said, I remembered a detail, I don’t know if you did so here it is: When we were all doing our rants, M. Morin told us he brings a mug with him when he gets his coffee, but one day he realised they still used paper cups to measure the size of his coffee and they would literally throw them away right after, so at the end of the day, do you think it is still worth it to bring a mug with you or should you just use the paper cups and throw them in the recycling after?

    1. Hey Abdel, thank you for the comment!! That is a great question and is also something that I had been thinking about. I do however believe that it is worth it and here is why. I am not sure if you remember, but M. Morin actually proposed a very practical solution to that issue. All they really have to do, is to have reusable cups-made out of metal for example-made in the sizes (small, medium, large etc…). Now I have a question for you, do you think that if I went up to a Tim Horton’s employee and suggested that idea, a change would be made within the next month? Probably, not right? By telling people the importance of purchasing the reusable cups, we can gain strength in numbers and then go on to tackle the next obstacle. Hopefully I answered your question and you can see where I am coming from. If not, I would love to hear what you have to say. Thanks again for commenting!

  4. Tioshae Mason, your blog clearly states that you have a grudge against Tim Hortons. You proved to me that you do care for the environment and showed me that you agree that every little action that we do in life, like buying a paper cup of coffee at Tim Hortons, affects our environment. I love the fact that you also encourage the people around you to do the right thing, like finally telling your dad to use a reusable cup instead of a paper cup, because we both know that recycling is not a permanent solution, but do you think there is a way to expand your reasoning with the public, letting them know that recycling is not a permanent solution? And if you do think there is a way, how would you get the message out there?

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