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BYOC in Motion – Local Supporters

Check out these local Portland residents who bring their own cup with them! Their actions are supporting our BYOC campaign.

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Keisha was spotted at First Tech Credit Union where she works. She makes her own daily coffee treat from organic coffee beans and almond milk. Bringing along her travel mug and water bottle are now part of her routine, and one part of reducing household plastics and waste.  
William, an OSU History major, spotted visiting a local coffee shop. William always carries his stainless travel mug because it keeps his coffee warm, and he finds it an easy thing to do. William added that his travel mug is as important as his phone, keys or wallet and he wouldn’t leave home without it!
Nick was seen at Kaiser Permanente with his own reusable mug. He thinks it’s important to BYOC because not only does it save him money, it is good for the environment, and he finds it convenient. The thermos is never left behind because he sets up his coffee maker at night, and has coffee and thermos ready in hand to head out the door each morning!
Pablo is the smiling worker behind the counter at SCRAP PDX. He uses a travel mug, so less goes to the landfill. The sturdier mug prevents accidents from spills and lids that pop off. He has a travel mug that stays at work, and an extra one next to his water bottle in his locker, so he doesn’t forget! Marlee is holding her favorite ceramic mug, the one that is inscribed, JOYFUL. Pictured off duty, Marlee works in a coffee shop, and is concerned about going through so many non-recyclable cups. “I’ve always been a tree hugger!” Remembering her cup is not 100%, but her best way to keep it on hand is leaving it in her car or purse for the next day. Jeff has been carrying his own thermos for 15 years! Forgetting it is not an option. An avid coffee drinker, the mug is always in his hand. Bringing his own mug and not wasting paper or other resources is his way of expressing concern for the environment.
Shariff from the Commonway Institute for Societal Transformation. Shariff was spotted in a local coffee shop with his reusable coffee cup. “I don’t want to put any more paper coffee cups or other paper products into the world.” The ceramic in-house cups are not his style, so he brings his own. Bringing his own cup is part of being “mindful” about his actions. He has a special bag with a pocket for the cup. If he see’s the cup is not in the pocket, he feels he “is not dressed yet.” Shariff admits it took awhile to make BYOC a habit! Bobby gives everyone a smile and helping hand at Mt. Scott Community Center.  He is seldom without his travel mug.  He likes it because it keeps hot beverages hot and cold beverages cold.

It is easy to remember because he has carried it so much, it has become a habit.

Shayna Denny of Knipe Realty NW brings her own coffee cup because she really needs her caffeine in the morning! This makes it easy to remember when she leaves the house. She even brings a reusable water bottle as well!

 Tabitha Merten finds it easier to take her reusable bottle than buy drinks and use plastic bottles. It also reminds her to drink more water throughout the day.

She remembers her bottle because she uses it all the time, even at her home. She always has it with her, so she never forgets now. Initially, she left bottles in many different locations (car, work, etc), but eventually cut down to one.

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