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I am a social entrepreneur who helps companies take their vision for a sustainable world to the next level. I completed my MBA in sustainable management at Presidio Graduate School where I established a startup, NeuWorld Plastics, focused on reducing the negative environmental impacts of petroleum-based plastics. As a consultant in several capacities, I help businesses transform sustainability challenges into market opportunities.
Lain, thank you for sharing your story about your quest to find a sustainable alternative to disposable coffee cups! It's a big problem in the U.S. too. I agree that reusable cups are the best way to go. The same way many people have gotten used to carrying a water bottle, I have gotten used to having my own coffee mug with me. If I am drinking my coffee in the shop, I ask for a ceramic mug instead of a paper cup. How could we make these practices the "new normal"?
This is an important topic. We have somehow collectively ramped up our expectations for portion sizes in the U.S. and now it is difficult for retail establishments to scale it back for fear of disappointing their customers. (When I took relatives from Belgium out for a meal, they thought there had been some mistake when their plate arrived -- "This is enough for 4 people," they said. "Is this for sharing?"). I'd love to see a cultural shift in how we define abundance and value. How about a restaurant campaign like, "Order a half portion and we'll donate a meal to the community food pantry." Or a public education campaign similar to the ones we see around conserving water -- "save water -shower with a friend" becomes "reduce food waste - share a meal with your sweetie"