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March 17, 2004

Save a Napkin, Save a Tree

Now that I'm back at work, I can't seem to make time for myself to eat breakfast. This morning I was starving by the time I got to work. So I did what millions of people do every morning and many millions more do througout the day...I hit the local coffee shop. Seattle's Best has a wicked Hot Chocolate Trio (white, dark and milk) that just hits the spot!

I couldn't resist laughing to myself as I grabbed a napkin...they have a label posted in front of the bin that says something like "TAKE ONLY ONE NAPKIN...SAVE A TREE". I laughed because I thought it odd that adults in a coffee shop have to be told not to be wasteful. Then, as I turn to walk away, I see a women with a drink in one hand and a fistfull of napkins in the other.

I laughed again because I realized that if every one of the bizillions of coffee drinkers took one less napkin, we could probably save a whole forest!

Posted by penny at 06:25 PM in Social Activism | Permalink


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An adult who, when told to do something, did exactly the opposite because why? They hate being told what to do, no doubt.

The imperative tone is so common but it's so destructive. Do you or anyone you know like being told what to do? I didn't think so. There are two ways I can see that a sign like that might be effective: either make an argument--instead of saying "take only one napkin", something like "if you take only one napkin, you help save on cutting down trees"--or charge for each napkin. People don't like being told what to do, but they like even less having to pay for something.

Besides, we live in British Columbia with a depressed forest industry. How many of them are taking napkins because they believe they're saving high-paying foresty jobs?

Posted by: Richard | Mar 18, 2004 1:40:29 AM

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