Make it a “Bring your own cup” event !
BYOC – Bring Your Own Cup is a worldwide trend with a huge environmental payoff and the potential to add camaraderie and fun to Rotary meetings and events. Just a couple of tips: publicize early and often, award with coupons, discounts or hearty thanks, and remember: habits don’t just change overnight – but they can change!
Some groups that value waste reduction make a group decision to bring their own beverage containers to all of their gatherings, and make that act a part of their group’s identity and culture. Besides reducing the temptation to use disposables, BYOC and BYOG (Glass) events save time and money – no racks of wine glasses to wash after that wine social!
How to get started? In the early stages of planning a new event, ask the question: “Can we figure out how to make this a BYOG event?” The Rotary Club of Poulsbo is a breakfast Club attempting to encourage people to bring their travel mugs to the meeting, and refill there. To promote the activity in a fun and positive way, they take pictures of members with their mugs – and show their “Mug Shots” during the slide presentation loop that runs prior to the start of their meeting.
If you are a member of an organization that brings their own, please write to email@example.com and let us know. It’s time to start a planet-healthy trend!