No More Styrofoam: Rise of the Reusable Coffee Mug
Imagine ordering your favorite coffee drink without grabbing one of those disposable cups, but using a cool reusable cup instead. It may not be something you think about when you stop at your favorite coffee shop in the morning, but you should. If everyone used a reusable cup for their daily cup of coffee, imagine the benefits our environment would reap from just one simple action.
If you are thinking that a ceramic mug is asking for trouble and plastic mugs aren’t exactly very functional, there is an alternative. Many companies are producing reusable hot coffee cups* that closely resemble that of the disposable cups you receive from your favorite local coffee spot. These cups can be used over and over again.
If you made the switch from throw-away cups to a reusable plastic cup, then that’s a start. But when we learned about BPA, we also learned that many of these types of cups lead to drinks being contaminated. That’s not very healthy, is it? They’re also not very functional for scorching hot drinks.
For a very reasonable price, you can purchase your own BPA-free reusable cup that will quickly pay for itself. The newer ones that are getting a lot of attention are often made of porcelain and silicone. As an added bonus, these cups are dishwasher and microwave safe. They will keep your drinks hot for hours and are perfect for your morning cup of coffee. In addition, they can also keep drinks cool.
By making the switch to reusable cups, we would save millions of dollars and millions of pounds of trash. If you get your daily cup of coffee from your favorite coffee spot each day, a majority of shops these days will even offer a discount if you bring your own cup. For example, save ten cents at Starbucks or as much as half off at some convenience stores. While this may not seem like much, it adds up over time. You’ll have more change in your pocket and make a positive impact on the environment at the same time!
If you aren’t a big coffee drinker, you can still get plenty of use out of reusable mugs. They can be used for hot chocolate during the winter and your favorite cold fountain soda during the summer. They also make great gifts (especially for coffee drinkers, though!). If you take a look at your local Wal-Mart or other retailer, you’ll probably find several choices already being offered. You can also find a big variety by searching online. There’s sure to be one for just about any kind of personality, preference or style.
Veronica Davis is a freelance writer and internet business columnist for Examiner. She works with several businesses online, including ones that focus on green living and saving money. She recommends seeing if there is an Ebay coupon for the cup that you like.
*Link to a page in sustainablog’s Green Choices product comparison engine