As Thistle reader E-Jay commented the other day, one of Oprah’s top 10 ways to go green on her show last week was to use the same drinking “vessel” (cup, glass, mug, thermos, bucket) each day for all beverages. Somehow, I doubt the big O herself actually sips her imported spring water from the same cup as her caramel macchiato, but still, it’s a good idea.
Of course, I have my principles when it comes to alcohol (the most important area to have principles, really), so there’s no way in hell I’m pouring a properly decanted bottle of wine into a mug with remnants of my morning coffee — plus, as I’ve already mentioned, I harbor an undying love for extra-fragile stemware. If you’re wondering where the “less class” part of the headline comes into play, it’s in the fact that I will be confined to using the same wine glass for both red, white and sparkling, which in my opinion is a major crime.
When it comes to non-alcoholic beverages, I’m going to make sure that I only use one glass every day for all my water, milk and juice. Because I mostly just stick to water, if I can stretch it to two days, I will. My coffee each morning will be in a mug, because it’s hot, but I will use the same one if I have tea later on. So at most, I’ll only be using three drinking vessels per day, but most likely it’ll be even fewer. I think the key to keeping them all clean will be to cut back on lip-sticking stuff like maple syrup and, well, lipstick.