Tools to Help You Refuse

One of my favorite tools that helps me to refuse disposable plastic is a simple stainless steel cup. They are light, inexpensive, durable, and best of all – available locally. My husband found the ones pictured below in a shop for household goods in Assalah Square. The cups (which, yes, unfortunately come packaged in plastic) cost LE 5 each. But that little bit of plastic is a lot less waste than all the disposable plastic cups you would use instead.

stainless steel cups

I throw one in my purse or backpack when I go out and then I never have to worry about being served a drink in a plastic cup. They are great for both cold and hot drinks. I bring them on camping trips, desert safaris, and mountain dinners. I bring them to restaurants and cafeterias. I bring them along on picnics and even to parties. No matter where I bring them, someone always comments and asks where the cups can be purchased. We bought ours at Alf Sunf (1,000 Items) several years ago, and although I can’t tell you for certain which shop my husband bought these new ones from, they are definitely available in Dahab. Take a look at your favorite household goods shop and ask. It shouldn’t take too long to find them.

If you’re looking for an easy way to reduce your individual plastic footprint, invest in a reusable stainless steel cup.

If you organize mountain dinners or desert safaris, invest in enough cups for all of your guests and stop serving drinks in plastic cups.

Cheers!

[Read about other useful tools here.]

Refuse ~ Reduce ~ Reuse ~ Recycle

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2 thoughts on “Tools to Help You Refuse

  1. A reusable stainless steel cup is indeed a great way to cut down on plastic. Occasionally I find myself in a situation in which I can’t drink anything, because everything is served in plastic cups. At work, I usually bring my own cup to meetings. I have been looking at the Klean Kanteen stainless steel cups, but they are quite expensive, so I haven’t bought them yet. Perhaps I should look elsewhere to find something similar, but more affordable.

    • I was on the Klean Kanteen site the other day and noticed how expensive the cups were! I thought the bottles were expensive, too, but I bought a couple anyway because I can’t find locally-made stainless steel bottles in Egypt. Hope you find an affordable option for your cup.

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