Suburban Teenager Lives Sustainably by Purchasing Reuseable Coffee Mug

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After reading an article on the detrimental effects of pollution on South American rainforests, Stacy Clark, 19, was inspired to reduce her carbon footprint and purchased a reusable coffee mug from Starbucks.

“When I drink my grande skinny mocha caramel swirl Frappuccino in my new mug, I can feel good about helping those poor koalas in Bolivia,” Clark explained.

She noted that each purchase reduces the country’s annual plastic use by 0.00002%. Clark’s mug allows her to enjoy her coffee, which is cultivated on former forestlands and transported on diesel-burning airplanes or cargo ships, in a sustainable fashion.

Clark, however, admitted that she occasionally struggles to live in an environmentally friendly manner.

“At night I usually just leave my electronics plugged in. I don’t want them to die on me the next day!” Clark said, throwing her plastic water bottle in the trash.

Clark also mentioned that she reduced her 45-minute showers to 40 minutes and hopes to eventually bring that number closer to half an hour.

Upon leaving the interview, Clark stated that she was going to buy a reusable grocery bag at Whole Foods. She was seen leaving in a Chevrolet Suburban sporting a bumper sticker that reads “I recycle.”

– TIR ’17

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