Mug days at the Tea Room

The collaboration with Queen's Earth Centre

Mugs and travel mugs.
Illustration by Sarina Grewal

For the second year in a row, The Tea Room collaborated with Queen’s Earth Centre to bring back beloved Mug Days for its customers. 

Sponsored by the Earth Centre, the event ran on March 1, 2 and 5 and promoted the use of reusable mugs by offering those who brought them to The Tea Room a free tea or coffee. 

It’s an ideal partnership; The Tea Room is a business dedicated to environmental responsibility and the Earth Centre is an AMS club that promotes green consumerism. With such compatible goals, it makes sense for the two groups to support one another in the Mug Days initiative. 

Encouraged by the success of last year’s inaugural event, the Earth Centre chose to sponsor Mug Days for a second year, according to Earth Centre exec member Liza Hersh. Not only this, but they also teamed up with The Tea Room to offer prizes for eco-conscious customers who posted a picture of their travel mug on social media. Participants had the chance to win gift cards, Tea Room swag or an eco-friendly cleaning and wellness kit. 

A free drink in a cute mug and the opportunity to win sweet environmentally-conscious prizes — what’s not to like? 

The goal of the annual Mug Days is to educate customers about alternatives to disposable packaging and promote the use of reusable products. The two groups work to show students how easy it can be to reduce consumption and lead a cleaner, greener lifestyle. 

It seems to be working, too. 

In an interview with The Journal, Tea Room Head Manager Mary Hales noted, “We always see a boost in travel mug usage after the promo and we are expecting that later this week.”

The Tea Room may already be carbon neutral and consumer-waste-free, but that doesn’t mean the Queen’s community can’t help them take it further. By replacing disposable products with reusable ones — or at the very least biodegradable — we can all work towards reducing not only our ecological footprint. 

Small acts of environmental stewardship — as simple as using a travel mug — can have huge impacts, especially when they inspire new environmentally-conscious habits and larger action. That’s how we see change. The influx of travel mug users even after Mug Days is over is a prime example of this. 

And if you missed Mug Days, worry not. The Tea Room hopes to continue working with Queen’s Earth Centre to bring the event back in the future. Until then, know that although Mug Days may be over, the perks aren't. 

The Tea Room offers a year-round 15 per cent discount on any drink if you bring a travel mug. So next time you need a caffeine fix but want to save money and resources, grab your reusable mug and head to the Tea Room.


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