Going zero-waste or substantially reduce waste footprint can feel like a daunting task. However, switching to a reusable coffee cup has a significant impact on environmental footprint.
We serve and consume an estimated 1.6 billion cups of coffee across the world every day. As many people choose to take their daily coffee to go, globally we use approximately 16 billion takeaway cups annually. A single cup can take as long as 20 years to decompose due to the plastic coating on the inside.
While many retailers have switched to recyclable or biodegradable cups, the majority still end up in bins and landfill. In fact, 99.75% of takeaway cups never make it to the recycling and instead end up in landfill.
From these figures it is easy to see the devastating environmental impact a daily latte can have. However, the good news is that a reusable coffee cup can make a big difference. Adding a reusable coffee cup to your daily routine can be a wallet-friendly option too. Many coffee shops now offer money off your caffeine fix as an incentive to encourage you to bring your own cup.
We have compiled a list of the best reusable coffee cups for coffee lovers across a range of budgets.
The Iglu Coffee Cup is the perfect size to fit under a coffee machine, either at home or in your local coffee shop. The unique rounded base makes it very comfortable to hold, and close in shape and feel to a conventional coffee mug.
The Iglu Cup has a brightly coloured and scratch resistant powder coating. The coasting also makes the cup ‘sweat proof’. This means that condensation on the outside of the cup when transporting your favourite iced coffee.
An Iglu Cup’s spill and leak proof design makes it the perfect option to take on your daily commute.
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The Huskee Cup is made from repurposed coffee husk, getting you extra eco-friendly points. Coffee husk is an organic waste material produced during the milling stage of coffee production. By using this material, which would otherwise go to waste, Huskee Cup help recycle tonnes of waste material from the production process.
The Huskee Cup is BPA free, dishwasher safe and cool to touch, meaning that there is no need for a silicone band around the outside.
We love the look of this reusable coffee cup, which comes in ‘natural’ which is free from colours, or black, which is dyed using charcoal and features a beautiful ridged design.
The Huskee Cup is arguably the most sustainable and eco friendly of all of the reusable coffee cups we have featured. At the end of your coffee cup’s life, just take it into any one of the designated ‘HuskeeSwap’ locations. You can swap it for a different, commercially cleaned and recycled cup and close the loop on waste.
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The Keep Cup has been a longstanding classic on the reusable coffee cup scene. Each Keep Cup is made from fully tempered glass for good durability and heat proofing, and features a sustainably sourced cork band.
To enable easier drinking, the simple yet effective design includes a larger sipping hole with plug and a secure leak proof lid. The materials used ensure that, unlike some reusable cups, the Keep Cup will not interfere with the flavour profile of your morning latte.
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The best feature of the Stojo On The Go reusable coffee cup is its fully collapsible design. Firstly, this cup holds an impressive 355ml when in use, and collapses down to a height of 2” and diameter of 3.5” when not in use. This is the perfect size to pop in your backpack, making it a great option for commuters or travellers. Secondly, the cup remains leak proof when collapsed, meaning you don’t have to worry about spilling drips of coffee into your bag when on the go.
The Stojo cup is made from recyclable yet durable food grade silicone, and will break down into dishwasher safe parts for easy cleaning.
Stojo cups are available in an impressive range of colours and make the perfect gift for eco-conscious friends.
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The bioGo Cup is another great reusable coffee cup that uses innovative and sustainable materials. The bioGo cup uses rice husk as a raw material, meaning that the cup reduces waste beyond the coffee industry. bioGo purchase the rice husks before the farmers burn them, and turn them into these cups, supporting the rice farmers in the process.
The user friendly design of the bioGo cup features double wall insulation, a screw tight lid to prevent splashes and leaks, and a ‘nose dome’ designed to allow comfortable drinking and avoid any ‘nose-to-lid’ collision.
Another great feature of the bioGo cup is that the rice husk does not have any taste or smell. Therefore, the bioGo preserves the taste of the coffee while keeping it hot for around 2 hours. The cup holds an impressive 450ml of coffee while still being lightweight. This makes the bioGo the perfect option for those who enjoy a larger caffeine fix.
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Hydro Flask have amassed a significant loyal following with their water bottles, and they have now branched out into a range of coffee products. Our favourite is the Coffee Bottle, which is a double walled vacuum insulated bottle with sip lid. In addition, the Coffee Bottle uses 18/8 food grade stainless steel, ensuring no flavour transfer and aroma preservation, and keeps coffee hot for up to 12 hours, or cold for an impressive 24 hours.
Although the primary purpose of the Coffee Bottle is to hold coffee, the bottle is also suitable for other drinks or food. Therefore, the Coffee Bottle is the perfect accompaniment to a camping trip or day hiking in the woods.
The brightly coloured powder coated exterior means that the bottle stays grippy and condensation free. Lastly, the flex trap makes the bottle easy to carry or attach onto the outside of a rucksack.
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