What’s the first you see when you get yourself out and about in the morning? People dragging themselves around yet religiously sipping on a paper cup of coffee as if it’s a membership badge to the club, “I need my coffee in the morning! I’m so cool since the cup says Starbucks/Coffee Bean/blah blah.”
I’d hate to hate on these people who attend the Church of Starbucks every morning to gladly donate at least $4 a day, sometimes twice/thrice, but can’t help categorizing them as “Sheeple.”
Here’s a thing or two to consider :
1) Environmental aspect – The search effort to find the missing Malaysian Airlines plane Flight 370 has raised an unexpected, yet deadly serious environmental issue. Our oceans are dying because of our own garbage. Every time they thought they found a part of the plane, it turned out to be a piece of plastic. The paper coffee cups you use are lined with plastic/wax, and they come with plastic lids. Imagine how many of those you’ve used so far? (Please don’t take my sheeple comment personally..) What? You use the sleeves too? You double cup it? Tsk tsk!! Fish and birds are often found dead with plastic bits in their stomachs. This is just so very sad!
2) Financial aspect – I’m no Suze Orman, but the donations add up. Say you “only” spend $4/day. That’s $1,460/year and $ 14,600/10 years. You were to put this money into a savings account with a 6.5% annually compounded interest rate, how much will it be at the end of 10 years? $20,491.52 to be exact! How long have you been attending the Starbucks church (or any other coffee places)? It’s starting to make you think, huh? What about the time wasted parking, waiting in line, waiting again to pick up the cup, and so on and on?
So here’s a solution I propose – buy a portable coffee mug that’s BPA-free, and make your coffee at home before you leave the house. First off, believe me, the quality of the coffee you’ve been buying is %$#@. It’s all about the bottom line for the big corporations, and you’re not getting what you’re paying for, period. So, spend some time to pick a decent, better yet, responsibly made brand of coffee.
I would love for you to watch this video posted below by Michael Pollan (the author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma), titled “How Cooking Can Change Your Life.” It will give you the confirmation and inspiration you need to start thinking differently. Being the only processor of your own food can make a drastic, positive change to your health, and you will NEVER be FAT, yay!!
Imagine what kind of financial impact this change can make for you? I know you’re thinking duh, it costs to buy the coffee to make at home. Fine, deduct 20% from the money you would’ve saved. However, how much more money you can save by applying the same logic to all of your food choices?
Secondly, you will help save our one and only planet. You might say, it’s just me, one person…but that’s the type of sheeple–thinking we need to shed. It’s so much better not to deposit 3,650 coffee cups and plastic lids into our soil in the next 10 years, and that’s just from you! And any change can only start with you.
Knowing is only half the battle. Researches show it takes 90 days to break a habit and develop a new one. Will you begin the first day of the 90-day blitz TODAY? Tomorrow never comes…