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#uhglymug

The University of Hawaiʻi rescued 4,000 brand new reusable mugs before they were headed for the landfill on Kauaʻi and distributed them to UH Mānoa, Honolulu Community College, Windward CC, Kapiʻolani CC, UH West Oʻahu and UH Maui College to help promote sustainability.

When the UH Office of Sustainability heard the mugs were going to be thrown away because of a misprint, they stored them at Kauaʻi CC until they were ready to ship the mugs to UH campuses.

Mānoa passes out #uhglymug for $1 coffee

A 2017 UH Mānoa waste audit revealed that take-out food containers are the second largest category of waste by weight on the UH Mānoa campus. Of that, cups make up 30 percent of the to-go waste.

In an effort to reduce the amount of to-go waste on campus, UH Mānoa is launching a bring-your-own-cup campaign with UH Mānoa Dining Services by distributing the rescued mugs to students.

Students can pick up a free Mānoa mug, also called #uhglymug, at Campus Center from February 19 to 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students using their #uhglymug at Simply To Go pay $1 for coffee, and get 10 cents off the regular price when using other reusable cups, until May 2, 2019.

The #uhglymug project is a collaboration between UH Mānoa Dining Services, the UH Office of Sustainability, Surfrider UH Club, Campus Arboretum and Campus Help.

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From left: Ana Velasquez, Dominque Peña and Rosie Kulhavy-Sutherland helping to re-purpose mugs.