Given that the term ‘single-use’ became the word of 2018! it is no surprise that the world is turning to Eco-friendly alternatives to get their caffeine fix. For many of us, our daily coffee fixes are almost oxygen-like in terms of survival. Given the increasing environmental crisis, most of us would prefer a guilt-free experience. This includes avoiding disposable coffee cups while on the go. Single – use coffee cups are paper lined with a polyethylene coating on the inside. They are difficult to recycle, besides only processed at a few specialist plants. The single-use compostable coffee cups are an improvement, but given that most people pop them in the recycling bin, they end up in the wrong pile and contaminate the rest of the dry recycling.
Therefore reusable is so important. Walk into any major coffee shop and you will see a line of fellow Eco-conscious brothers and sisters handing over their Eco-friendly alternatives to be filled and reused several times daily. Cut down on waste and still get that essential caffeine fix. It’s difficult to choose which cup meets your specific needs so I have taken the hassle out of your research to provide the best reusable coffee cup list with all the positives and drawbacks of each choice.
Pros: The Ecoffee cup is made from bamboo fiber, the world’s most sustainable crop. It’s reusable and fully biodegradable too, so once it’s eventually ready to be replaced you can crush it, soak it in boiling water and throw it on your compost heap. (the silicone lid and sleeve are recyclable too – just put them in your recycling bin). It looks great, is sturdy, dishwasher safe, has a silicone lid and sleeve, has a lid stopper to avoid spillages and holds up to 400 ml of liquid. These are the reasons its first on the best reusable coffee cups list!
Pros: The KeepCup is made of glass and has a silicone lid with a cork band around the body. Making them easy to clean and unlike some other materials, they do not hold the scent or taste of other liquids. This also means that the glass body won’t affect the taste of your coffee. They also make other versions of the cup with silicone bands and plastic bodies that are also easy to clean. These are stylish, and you can mix and match colors and materials. They come in a range of sizes and fit neatly in most coffee machines.
Keepcups are BPA free; non-toxic, tough; durable (don’t break easily), fully tempered, recyclable (when you are eventually finished with it), a lid with larger drinking hole and inner seal. They are dishwasher and Microwave safe. And extremely cost-effective (we estimate breakeven to be as low as 10 uses)
Drawbacks: Because of the glass materials there not designed to keep your drink warm for long periods so they are most useful if you will be drinking your coffee straight away.
Pros: They make this cup from all natural rice husks. The material serves as an effective alternative to plastic. It is reusable and when it has come to the end of its life, it can be put on your compost heap. It comes with a recyclable (and removable) silicone lid and sleeve. Both dishwasher and microwave safe. It also features natural-looking stylish designs. Holds 400 ml of liquid.
Drawbacks: Limited number of designs.
They make this particularly stylish cup from Joco from glass and are available in a range of sizes (6 oz, 12 oz, and 16 oz). It fits neatly in most coffee machines. Because it’s made from non-porous glass, it means that it won’t affect the flavor of your coffee, is easy to clean and won’t hold the taste of other liquids. The heat-proof silicone sleeve is easy to grip and the splash-proof lid fits firmly onto the cup (no spillages).
Spill-Proof Stopper prevents spills and catches drips while you are on the go. Made from Biodegradable and Naturally Organic Bamboo fiber. The sleeve, lid, and Spill Stopper are made of food-grade silicone.
Dishwasher safe, so you can use it all day long and pop it straight into the dishwasher. Better than single-use and plastic alternatives; cuts down on daily consumer waste. Joe Cup will save you money and time on barista coffees and help save the environment.