BY ISSY STUART
Switching to a reusable coffee cup is one of the easiest eco-friendly swaps to make, and it makes a big difference. Disposable cups are difficult to recycle due to their plastic lining, resulting in the majority ending up in landfill. The number of disposable cups being used each day as people get their much-needed coffee fix means the impact of this is huge - it’s estimated over one billion cups end up in landfill each year because they are not recycled. Worse still, it takes 30 years for most of those cups to decompose. But don’t worry, we’re not expecting you to give up coffee! Investing in a reusable coffee cup reduces this unnecessary waste and protects our environment from single use plastics.
Beyond the war on waste, there are so many advantages to reusable coffee cups. Insulated coffee cups maintain heat far better than disposable cups, keeping your drink hot for hours. Not only will your drink stay hotter, it will taste better, as the materials used don’t interfere with the flavour. Moreover, you can be confident that you are drinking from a cup that is BPA free, a harmful toxin found in plastics that can disrupt hormones and cause cancer, which leaches out more quickly when exposed to hot water. They are convenient with handy lids and seals, easier to hold with tapered shapes and silicone bands and – with so many brands and designs to choose from – you can find the best cup for you.
Here is our guide to the top reusable coffee cups.
Best for: Easy Everyday Use
One of the best reusable coffee cups is the JOCO cup. As one of the only options that is dishwasher and microwave safe, it is easy to use every day. We also love that these cups are designed to fit with barista-standard coffee machines, so are really convenient to take to your favourite coffee house. They are plastic free, made with a high quality non-porous borosilicate glass, lightweight and durable. What’s not to love?
JOCO Reusable Glass Cup in Strawberry, 120z, $29.95 Buy Now
Best for: The Traveller
The aptly named Traveler from S’well is an excellent choice of travel coffee mug for on-the-go ease. The triple-walled design ensures an impressively long insulation time, keeping drinks hot for 12 hours or cold for 24 hours, making it a top performer amongst insulated coffee cups. The Traveler also stands out for its thoughtful shape, which has been perfectly contoured to fit in your hand. A perfect option for on-the-go, all day use.
S’well Traveler in White Marble, 470ml, $69.95 Buy Now
Best for: The Style Seeker
This truly gorgeous reusable coffee cup by Sttoke is a great option for style-minded buyers. A Gold Winner in the 2018 Good Design Awards, the ceramic mug has a premium matte finish and a double wall vacuum to keep drinks hot for 3 hours or cold for 6 hours. The coffee mug comes in beautiful colours including Angel White, Luxe Black and this stunning limited-edition Blush Pink.
Sttoke Ceramic Reusable Coffee Cup in Luxe Black 8oz, $45.00 Buy Now
Best for: Carrying In Your Bag
This option by Klean Kanteen is the best travel coffee mug for carrying in your bag risk free. The main attraction is the specially designed lid, which is leak resistant and spill proof, so you don’t have to worry about ruined papers or damaged laptops. The vacuum insulation keeps drinks hot for 8 hours and iced for 24 hours and the powder coat finish is durable and chip resistant. These coffee mugs are made to last, coming with a lifetime warranty and, at the end of their long life, they can be recycled.
Klean Kanteen Insulated Coffee Mug in Shale Black, 12oz, $48.95 Buy Now
Best for: The Iced Coffee Drinker
Prefer your coffee on ice? Then this option by Montiico is the best reusable coffee cup for you. With a stainless-steel lid and a thick straw, this can also be used for milkshakes and smoothies at home or out and about. The insulated steel body keeps drinks cool and the design is sturdy enough not to worry about spilling or smashing. It comes in fun colours, including teal and dusty pink, with a scratch and dent resistant finish meaning you can keep it looking great – perfect for both you and the kids.
Montiico Smoothie Cup in Dusty Pink, 450ml, $22.95 Buy Now
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
During her time studying at the University of Exeter, Issy Stuart discovered The Clean Collective through an internship. Enthralled by the company’s ethos, she became committed to protecting our beautiful planet and inspiring change amongst her peers. In her free time she enjoys yoga and meditation to promote mindfulness, which she believes is central to good mental health and wellbeing.