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Pictou County students create a cozy eco-friendly option for hot drinks

Northumberland Regional High School students Dayveen Earp, left, and Sarah Campbell make tea while on break from classes at the school. The students have set up a Mugs 2 Go rack where students can use reusable mugs.
Northumberland Regional High School students Dayveen Earp, left, and Sarah Campbell make tea while on break from classes at the school. The students have set up a Mugs 2 Go rack where students can use reusable mugs. - Adam MacInnis

ALMA – There’s just something about holding a mug of hot tea in your hands.

“It’s a really nice warm feeling,” says Northumberland Regional High School student Sarah Campbell.

And thanks to Campbell, head of the Environment Committee at NRHS, it’s one that many students are getting to experience this year at the Alma high school.

As Campbell explains it, the Mug 2 Go program is a program that gives students the option to use the mugs on the Mug Rack, which the students built themselves, to reduce the usage of disposable cups. It has been flourishing in the school for months now and has become part of some people's morning routine to get a cup of hot tea with the mugs and bring it to class.

The result is about more than a cozy feeling though. It’s aimed at making the school more eco-friendly.

Campbell, who has become part of the Fridays for the Future movement, which involves students protesting for climate change action, said she has been pushing for a ban on plastic for a long time. While this is only a small part to that larger goal, she believes it’s an important one.

“I used to see a lot of students using disposable bottles or coffee cups and all that stuff. Now they come in and it’s part of their daily routine to make a cup of tea in the morning and bring it to class.”

The mugs were all donated during a mug drive and tea and coffee is provided courtesy of the breakfast and lunch programs at the school.

“I think this is just a great way to feel at ease,” she said. “When you’re drinking from the mug you feel like you’re choosing something better for the environment and you’re making a better choice and that makes you feel grounded.”

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