Yup, raise ’em high! This amazing idea has been around for ages, but it’s only in the last few years that they’ve actually began to pop up all over the place and become more noticeable. More and more of us are embracing this little eco-friendly gem, using them at cafes, in shopping centres, to take their coffees to work, and at drive-thrus! Why? it’s a big money saver among other things. This nifty little cup keeps excess plastic waste out of landfill and our oceans. According to the Australian government national waste report, in 2016-2017 Australia alone generated 103kg per capita of plastic waste!
With Australia’s strong coffee culture (and let’s face it, most of us aren’t ready for the day without our morning coffee), disposable coffee cups are a significant problem. Although the cups seem to be made of paper, the waxy coating around the cup itself can’t be recycled because it doesn’t degrade the way paper does, and contributes to the environmental problem. This is where our wonderful little reusable cup comes in!!! Although individually, we may not seem to make any difference in the war on waste, just this one little change you make to your daily routine can save minimise the current estimation of 1 billion disposable coffee cups yearly from Australian landfill.
Anyway, back to the revolutionising of your life. The first point I’ve already made.
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You're a eco-warrior hero!
You’ve made a green change that positively impacts our environmental problems. This will help our children to make eco friendly choices and hopefully enjoy a cleaner, more beautiful earth.
You are going to save big bucks long term.
Coffee Club, McDonalds, Starbucks, Soul Origin, and thousands of cafes around Australia have jumped onboard the waste free revolution by discounting your cup of coffee if you have a reusable cup. If you love your daily coffee, this adds up to big savings! Check if your local cafe supports the reusable here. Even if they don’t, ask them to register! Don’t be afraid of asking for a discount for using your own cup too.
Reusable cups come in so many different colours and designs.
Resuable cups are on the rise and there are so many out there in different colours and designs. You’ll find one that’s the perfect expression of you and what fits into your daily routine.
The functionality of the resuable cup isn't just for coffee!
The cup isn’t limited to tea and coffee. You can use it for juices, smoothies, and frozen yoghurt too!
My Reusable Cups
I have 4 reusables. The Keepcup is my favourite personally, but they all serve different purposes.
The Keepcup is a Melbourne based brand established in 2009, and is Australia's #1 Reusable Cup. This particular design is 340ml, made of tempered glass, BPA free plastic lid, and silicone thermal non-slip band.
This is also the favourite of my cups. It's easy to clean and nice to drink from.
Ever Eco Tumbler
The Ever Eco tumbler is an insulated stainless steel cup with a plastic lid with space for a resusable drinking straw! It is 592ml, easy to clean, but hand washing only is recommended. I have found the powder coating on the outside does chip easily, but this doesn't affect the use of the cup. The insulated interior keeps drinks cold or hot.
The crumple cup I bought for my 3 year old. It's 350ml, made of food grade silicone with a thermal band to stop her little fingers getting cold. (We haven't used it for anything hot as yet.) It's easy to pull apart and wash, and it's compact and lightweight. Definitely easy to pack in a bag!
Luvin Life Bamboo Travel Cup
This eco cup is made from bamboo fibre, one of the world's most sustainable resources, and is 100% biodegradable. It's simple to wash and BPA free. Unfortunately the silicone band around the cup is quite thin and I find it's hard to hold when I have a hot coffee as the silicone heats up too. Also, I've found that the lid tends to start leaking towards the end of the drink. This may be just my cup, but I thought it worth mentioning.
I hope this helps you find your perfect eco cup and you enjoy it for many years to come!