I am an environmental filmmaker. I follow consumer trends closely looking for opportunities to suggest simple lifestyle adjustments that will positively impact the health of our planet. One of the simplest changes I support is the switch from disposable paper cups to refillable travel mugs. (also water bottles)
I don’t have to tell you how many cups per year get thrown away needlessly. I personally know one individual who drives past your window at least twice each day and gets a disposable cup.
Old habits die-hard.
I propose a media campaign and environmentally focused “MUG UP” program which will ultimately benefit the health of the planet. It will also help raise Tim Hortons reputation in environmental concerns.
Each year with the Roll Up The Rim To Win program you encourage purchases by offering prizes. The odds on this contest are 6 to 1. Sooner or later pretty much everyone is a winner of some prize or another. It’s a highly successful program that has run for over 25 years.
I suggest that this coming March 2012, Tim Hortons offer an alternative incentive to those customers bringing refillable mugs or who elect to drink from a mug on premises. Why not offer an extra game voucher or token/game piece with higher odds at winning?
Disposable Cup odds to win = 7 to 1
Refillable Mug odds to win = 5 to 1
It takes approx 3 weeks to change a habit. For daily/frequent customers a month-long contest is an excellent way to promote lasting change. Over the course of time this could translate to significant reduction in needless waste.