Tips on Switching to a Reusable Coffee Mug
It is estimated that around seven million coffee cups are thrown away in the UK every day. This amounts to 2.5 billion a year in the UK alone. Of these coffee cups, only 0.25% end up getting recycled.
Many coffee cups can't be recycled due to the dregs of the drink and the plastic film used within the cup to keep the drinks hot and the paper dry.
While some are beginning to bring their own reusable mug with them when they visit a coffee shop, the majority of people continue to rely on these environmentally-unfriendly cups. Here we share tips on making the switch to a reusable cup and more reasons to do so.
Find the Right Design
Reusable cups come in all shapes, sizes and designs, so you will have plenty of choices when it comes to picking your mug.
While having a pretty design may be important to you, do remember to consider the practicality of each mugs' style - for example, is the lid easy to drink from, or do you want a mug with a lid that fully closes to avoid spills.
It is important to find a reusable cup that is designed to meet your preferences; as if you find it difficult or annoying to use, you are more likely to ditch it and return to paper cups.
Consider the Material
As part of the design considerations, you should also think about the material used to make your reusable cup. There is a wide range of available materials, including plastic, bamboo, glass and metal, each of which offers its own benefits.
For example, a plastic cup is lightweight and durable; bamboo is more eco-friendly; metal may provide insulation to keep the coffee warm, and glass cups won't affect the flavour of the coffee.
Remember Your Cup
It's easier said than done, but simply remembering to bring your reusable cup with you each day is essential to making the switch from disposable cups.
Disposable cups have long been convenient for coffee lovers, as you don't need to remember it, carry it around with you all day and wash it up. However, this ease should not distract from the environmental damage these cups are causing.
Invest in a good quality cup that can be used for years. Set a reminder on your phone, or leave the washed cup by your bag and keys next to the front door, so you remember it when you leave the house.
It is a good idea to get a few reusable cups too; one for work and one for home, so you are less likely to forget a cup when you want an impromptu coffee or hot chocolate.
Carrying an empty reusable cup is a bit inconvenient, but there is an option to go foldable!
Collapsible coffee cups made of silicone are perfect for keeping in a pocket or small handbag. This type of reusable cup is ideal if you are in a rush or always on the go.
Why Switch to Reusable?
Many coffee shops in the UK will offer a discount, extra loyalty stamps or even a free drink if you use a reusable cup. In the long run, you'll notice you are not spending so much on coffee day-to-day.
Doing Your Part for the Planet
Disposable coffee cups are single-use, and most often, not recyclable, so a reusable cup means you are doing your part in reducing the waste going into landfill.
Can Be Easier to Use
Many people also find that a reusable coffee cup can offer a more comfortable coffee drinking experience, as they are easier to hold and drink from than disposable cups.
Dee from DB reviews agrees, stating:
"My initial reason for switching to a reusable cup was the fact that it is better for the environment as it keeps waste out of landfills. But once I made the switch, I found other benefits as well - the reusable cup that I use is BPA free, and the silicone band on the cup ensures that there are no burnt fingers. It is easier to hold and grasp as well, compared to disposable coffee cups."
You May Have To!
Some coffee shops have even gone as far as to ban disposable cups outright, meaning that you would need a reusable cup in order to purchase a takeaway cup of coffee from them!
Independent coffee chain Boston Tea Party were the first to implement a full ban on single-use cups, and others are likely to follow suit in the future.
Being environmentally friendly is seen as fashionable, but hopefully, it is not just a phase. More and more people are becoming educated on ways to be more green in day to day life, and a reusable coffee cup is just one way.
How Can AeroPress Help?
Whatever your favourite type of coffee, our Mizu Tumblers will keep your coffee piping until the final drop. These reusable cups are BPA free and can be used for a variety of drinks.
You could also consider cutting down on coffee shop brews by making your own quality coffee on the go with an AeroPress travel coffee maker!
It takes 30 seconds to brew rich and flavourful coffee with this eco-friendly coffee maker, with the filter (which can be reused multiple times) being the only waste!
If you want to start leading a greener lifestyle, get a reusable cup and AeroPress today!