Why use a reusable coffee cup?
Reusable coffee cups, reusable shopping bags, reusable nappies…. It wasn’t that long ago that these were just coffee cups, shopping bags and nappies. Our culture has changed dramatically in the last 100 years and we have become used to and even reliant on the convenience of single-use items.
Unfortunately this disposable culture comes with a cost and one which is not always reflected in the prices we pay.
When you actually stop and think about it digging something out of the ground that has been there for hundreds of millions of years and turning it into a commodity we use for a few minutes is the most ridiculous misuse of resources. And yet for most of us, single-use items are part of our daily lives.
Most of us can see the insanity of putting a croissant in a plastic bag for the time it takes to get from the back of the store to the till, or the fact that there is a whole industry focused on making plastic bottles so they can sell us water! But, convenience is king, and we all lead busy lives.
So what might be the benefits of switching to a reusable coffee cup
1. Disposable cups are hard to recycle so most of them end up at the dump.
Most people would assume that a paper cup would be made of paper and could, therefore, be recycled as such. Unfortunately, that is not the case. In order for the cups to be waterproof, a fairly essential property for a cup, they need a plastic lining. And while compostable plant-based plastics exist these can only be composted in industrial composting facilities and just lead to further confusion of the issue.
There are two solutions here (well three if you count just not buying the coffee). You can either take a cup with you or have your coffee in. And you don’t have to buy a fancy reusable coffee cup. If your work coffee is rubbish so you nip to the cafe across the road most mornings, why not take a mug from the office with you?
2. A reusable cup will save you money.
Rather than looking at you like a crazy hippy most coffee chains will give you a discount if you bring your own cup. The amount generally ranges from 20p to 50p which if you are a regular coffee drinker will soon add up and quickly covers the purchase price of even the priciest reusable cup.
Not only that but with a great insulated coffee cup, you can make yourself a coffee before you leave the house saving you even more money. You can get fantastic barista-style espresso machines with steam wands to froth the milk, or you can get a stovetop espresso maker and a milk frother.
3. You can choose an insulated and or leakproof cup
Reusable cups are generally far better than disposables in every way. If you buy an insulated coffee cup you don’t have to worry about burning your hands (or fitting one of those fiddly cardboard sleeves. And your drink will stay hot for hours! Meaning you can sip it at your leisure whether you are at your desk, chasing kids around the park or on a long drive.
Many reusable cups are also designed to be leakproof meaning you can make yourself a coffee in the morning and put it in your bag for later.
Next up: Are eco-friendly coffee cups really better for the environment?