This person was Kate the coffee lady. Kate, who owns the tiny kiosk at our local railway station, makes the best Caffé Latté this side of Melbourne. I partake in this wonderful beverage each morning to help kick-start the day, and sure, it is not very green, but I consider it one of my few vices. I bring my own cup, so I don’t add to the mountain of disposable coffee cups that get dumped into landfill each year.
So Dear Reader, let me paint you a picture. As I walked to the counter, I began to give my order. Kate yells out, “There he is!” in quite a loud voice. I began to notice that many others began to stop and look my way, and she continued with “This green man brings his Keep Cup every day, and now there are two of you.” To my surprise there was a re-usable cup under the coffee machine already. I gave the proud owner a wink and a nod for being so thoughtful, then Kate proudly stated in a booming voice, “From now on, I am going to take 30 cents off the price for those people who bring their own clean re-usable coffee cup!” Startled, I thanked her, took my coffee, and looked forward to my next cup hoping that this trend would catch on.
This morning, I talked to Kate to confirm that she was still okay with the discount for a BYO cup. She said that she had talked it over with her hubby (must be a part owner) and they agreed that it was the right thing to do. Less waste into the environment, less cost to her business, and an incentive for others to bring their own re-usable cups. I told her that it was a fantastic decision and that I loved her work!
So as I sat sipping on my coffee from Kate the coffee lady, I smiled and felt warm from that simple act of greenness. It feels good in the knowledge that by leading by example (it only took 18 months), I am helping others to make a difference. Now all I have to do is coax her into buying organic & fair trade, but that is another challenge.