Mugs, Bottles, and Bags


Using a reusable mug when you get your hot drink is a small action that collectively has a big impact.

  • "If only 15 percent of US college students used reusable mugs instead of disposable cups every day, we would eliminate more than a billion cups a year." -The Earth Works Group

Every year the CU Environmental Center gives out over 500 reusable 'eco-mugs' to first year students in the dining halls as part of our campaign to end the disposable mentality on campus!

When you use your reusable mug on campus and in the community you will save money.



  • "Making bottles to meet America’s demand for bottled water uses more than 17 million barrels of oil  annually, enough to fuel 1.3 million cars for a year. And that’s not even including the oil used for  transportation"-Pacific Institute

Ditching bottled water for a reusable water bottle not only saves energy and resources but will also save you money as bottled water is typically sold for 10,000 times the price of regular tap water.

Across campus you will find refill stations throughout resident halls and academic buildings where you can fill up with cool filtered water for free!  


  • "Every year, Americans reportedly throw away 100 billion plastic grocery bags."- The Worldwatch Institute
  • "Of the plastic bags used less than 5 percent of plastic grocery bags are recycled in the U.S."- E.P.A

Plastic Bags have a collosal impact on the environment as they are resource intensive, hard to recycle, and can take up to thousands of years to decompose. 

In November 2012, City Council passed an ordinance requiring a 10-cent fee for disposable plastic and paper checkout bags at all grocery stores in Boulder, so make sure to BYOB (bring your own bag) to the grocery store!