Trading mugs for hugs in latest sustainability initiative

If you missed your chance to hug this guy, find him at a home game instead. (Stacey Krolow/TRU Athletics)

If you missed your chance to hug this guy, find him at a home game instead. (Stacey Krolow/TRU Athletics)

According to estimates from Canadian reusable drink container company Cupanion, here at TRU we use an estimated 8,000 disposable paper cups every day. Our latest preventive initiative was the Hugs for Mugs event, which took place in Old Main on Thursday, Nov. 26. The event was a collaborative effort to promote the use of reusable travel mugs when purchasing a hot beverage on campus. In a joint effort by the TRU Sustainability Office, Enactus, TRUSU, TRU Eco, Aramark and the TRU Environment and Natural Resources Law Club, the Hugs for Mugs event aimed to reward students who participated in this environmentally-friendly event.

Along with the free coffee, tea and snacks for students to enjoy, the event consisted of five stations: Wolfie Hugs, Mug Shots, Coolest Cup Contest, Coffee Talks and Travel Mugs. Wolfie Hugs was an interactive event in which participants with travel mugs could receive a hug from the TRU mascot, Wolfie. Mug Shots was a creative approach, where students had a chance to write a sustainability pledge and have their picture taken to share with the TRU community. A $20 gift card to Nature’s Fare was the prize for the Coolest Cup Contest, where the individual with the most unique mug was acknowledged. Coffee talk was a chance for facilitated mini focus groups, which featured groups of four discussing the topic of sustainability and innovation. Finally, Travel Mugs was the opportunity for students to receive reusable travel mugs on a first-come, first-served basis, with a small time investment of 3 minutes to partake in the TRU Zero Waste quiz.

Anyone who participated in any station at the event was also entered into the grand prize draw: a free coffee every day for the entire winter semester, with a reusable cup of course.