It is with great sadness that I report that my [Roots#] mug has held its last cup of coffee/tea. Last night, as I did the dishes, a water glass broke free from my grip and hit the mug right on the handle breaking it clean off. Paul got me the mug nearly five years ago after I'd been admiring some of his artwork that inspired the L&E Geek Chic: Geek Shirts That Only Make 80% Sense product line for some time and Paul ended up surprising me with the mug. Bruce Campbell posed with another mug from our product line. These were potentially the only two items every purchased from our store.
With my mug -- which had been my sole carrier of hot liquids -- dead, I'd have to search for a new mug. Previously my mug of choice had been a mug that I'd gotten from a local Chinese restaurant which used to bring me gifts for being one of their first customers. That had been my exclusive coffee mug for about 5 years as well.
Now that my mug was busted I had to choose a new mug. My instinct was to go out and find a great mug to purchase to replace that mug. However, in an effort to live greener (and I hate to use buzz words), I decided the best move would be to look no further than my cupboard for the replacement. I had read somewhere that it takes somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,800 repeated uses of paper cups to equal the same 'environmental damage' done by just one ceramic cup. In the long run, ceramic cups are the 'winners' of the green war but reuse of a ceramic cup is not nearly as much better than paper cups for the environment as one may think (sorry for that sentence). I figured I'd used my [roots#] mug an average of 1.5 times per day for 5 years (that's 2737.5 times!) so I'd done my part to make sure Manhattan doesn't get flooded by the rising sea.
As for replacing the mug, luckily I'm a human being and that means that I have accumulated far more coffee mugs than I will ever need in my lifetime so I had plenty of options to choose a replacement. I had a lot of mugs in the cupboard that I'd had for years but the runaway favorite happened to be a young lieutenant which had quickly moved up the cupboard ranks. He was the newest member of the team who had been given to me about six months ago by a friend who had returned from Iraq (and has since left for Iraq once again).
Presenting my new exclusive coffee mug:
"Why," you ask. "Must you use just one coffee mug? Why can't you just grab any mug and use it." Well, that's simple. It's because I'm slightly (largely?) compulsive and I have to have my coffee/tea out of the same mug every day. I can't even wrap my head around the idea that I would have to use a different mug every day.
Now every time I sip my coffee I can think about what is more damaging to the planet and wasteful: An ongoing war in which billions of dollars and tens of thousands of lives are wasted or a ceramic mug commemorating it?