Challenge 5 - Choose to Re-use

Choose to Re-Use!

It's the small things that add up. One coffee cup or one bottle of water doesn't seem like much. Now, think about how full a garbage can would be with 250 single use coffee cups, one for every work day in the year?

Now imagine if just 10% of Torontonians (250,000 people) used throw-away cups and water bottles: it would be a nightmare of unnecessary waste!

But if you choose reusables, like a refillable water bottle, or a travel mug, you can help eliminate this nightmare. You save money and you help the environment (bottled water costs so much more than tap water, and Toronto's tap water is some of the cleanest in the world).


  • Get a refillable water bottle and reusable travel mug and commit to carrying them with you. Or, if you're having a coffee or tea at a cafe, ask them to put it in a reusable mug instead of a disposable cup.

  • Snap a photo of yourself using your refillable water bottle or mug and share it with us below.

Take the extra step:
If you already carry a mug and water bottle, choose a reusable to replace another disposable product in your life - for example using lunch containers instead of disposable bags, or carrying reusable cutlery to use when you get take-out food. Tell us about it and share a photo.

Did you take this challenge?

  • Took Challenge 2016-07-04 10:56:09 -0400
  • Took Challenge 2016-07-02 13:58:36 -0400
    This is my waste reduction strength. I always lug a reusable water bottle and coffee cup and shopping bag wherever I go.
  • Took Challenge 2015-06-07 13:34:46 -0400
  • @TeresaMWright tweeted link to this page. 2014-08-16 16:08:09 -0400
  • Took Challenge 2014-08-16 16:07:56 -0400
    yep, yep, and more yep … done & done!
  • Took Challenge 2014-08-01 16:26:15 -0400
    public should take own cups to buy tea and coffee it less costly and reduces garbage
  • Took Challenge 2014-07-15 23:29:44 -0400
    I already carry a reusable mug and water bottle but I got some new reusable lunch containers!
  • Took Challenge 2014-07-15 23:13:35 -0400
    Great reminder to do this more often! Along those lines, I now often make coffee at home or at work and avoid the paper cup.
  • Took Challenge 2014-07-15 22:16:50 -0400
    AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE,I take various coffee mugs and/or water bottles with me…..when I go to certain activities/events where I may/will make good use of them…..
  • Took Challenge 2014-07-15 21:32:45 -0400
    I’ve got a reusable travel canister for my loose leaf tea.
  • Took Challenge 2014-07-15 21:07:54 -0400
    I love my Contigo mug. No spills (when I close it right), and it keeps hot drinks piping for hours.
  • Took Challenge 2014-07-15 20:40:15 -0400
    I forget to carry my water bottle with me, so I just bought two more at value village so I can leave one at my studio, or have an extra around in case i lose one.
  • Took Challenge 2014-07-14 18:51:15 -0400
    I always use a reusable bag when I am out shopping. I also never leave home in the morning without my tea – which is in a reusable coffee mug – and I use my reusable water bottle throughout my work day.
  • Took Challenge 2014-07-14 18:50:25 -0400
    Whenever possible, I take reusable containers/mugs to store/cafe/takeout resto; I have also returned containers to the store
  • Took Challenge via 2014-07-14 18:50:16 -0400
    I use reusable bottles. Harder for me to carry travel mugs bc they’re heavy and clunky :/
  • Took Challenge 2014-07-14 18:50:06 -0400
    I prefer drinking my coffee out of a reusable cup. I find it tastes better
  • Took Challenge 2014-07-14 15:51:23 -0400
    Yes I carry a refillable water bottle/mug. I can reuse lunch box.
  • Took Challenge 2014-07-14 15:41:45 -0400
    I can reuse lunch bag
  • Took Challenge 2014-07-14 15:41:16 -0400
    Yes I carry refillable water bottle/mug.
  • Took Challenge 2014-07-14 15:39:23 -0400
    Yes I carry refillable water bottle/mug. I can reuse lunch box
  • Took Challenge 2014-07-14 15:38:41 -0400
    Yes I carry refillable water bottle/mug. I can reuse hot box.
  • Took Challenge 2014-07-14 15:38:04 -0400
    Yes I carry reusable water bottle/mug
  • Took Challenge 2014-07-14 15:37:06 -0400
    Yes I carry a refillable water bottle/mug. Can reuse glass for soft drinks or alcohol.
  • Took Challenge 2014-07-14 15:35:12 -0400
    Yes I carry refillable water bottle/mug. Can reuse lunch box, refill ink for printer
  • Took Challenge via 2014-07-14 14:52:51 -0400
  • Took Challenge 2014-07-11 12:52:18 -0400
  • Took Challenge via 2014-07-10 23:30:28 -0400
  • Took Challenge 2014-07-10 18:26:43 -0400
    I take reuseable lunch containers for my work lunches. And I have given one of my co-workers a bright shiny new re-useable.
  • Took Challenge 2014-07-10 11:48:55 -0400
    My refillable coffee mug is great!
  • Took Challenge 2014-07-09 18:59:32 -0400