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Our coffee habit has been costing the planet. Each day, millions of single use coffee cups are used in Australia, which results in more than 60,000kg of plastic waste a year. The plastic polyethylene coating within disposable coffee cups may make them leak-proof, but it also renders them unrecyclable.
You can directly help to reduce the number of single-use coffee cups that are used and thrown out each day by choosing to use an eco-friendly alternative like a reusable coffee cup. With cafes all over Australia catering to this environmentally friendly movement, it’s easy to make responsible choices for the world around you.
If you’re thinking about making the switch to reusable coffee cups, keep reading to learn about the different types available and some benefits of switching.
Reusable coffee cups are available in many different materials including bamboo, ceramic, glass & stainless steel. Each coffee cup type offers an eco-friendlier alternative to single-use disposable coffee cups.
Reusable coffee cups made from stainless steel are one of the most popular and eco-friendly options. Stainless steel is known for its durability and ability to withstand bumps and drops. It is also a 100% recyclable material that can be endlessly reused. In addition to this, many of our stainless steel coffee cups have a vacuum seal and thermal insulation, meaning beverages can stay hot or cold for longer than any other cup type.
Reusable coffee cups made from tempered glass are a durable and eco-friendly option that can last for years. While glass is more delicate than other materials, it can withstand high temperatures, is safe to use in dishwashers for easy cleaning, and can be recycled. We also offer double wall insulated coffee cups, which aids in heat retention and doesn’t affect the taste of your drink.
Simple designs make reusable glass coffee cups a popular choice.
Like glass, ceramic coffee cups are an eco-friendly option that can last a very long time. We stock ceramic coffee cups that have been handmade in Australia at small potter’s studios. Our ceramic reusable coffee cups have been made to be portable with the addition of a silicone lid. One thing to note with ceramic coffee cups, they are more delicate than any other type and need to be handled with care.
Made from one of the world’s most sustainable resources, bamboo coffee cups are a durable, reusable, and biodegradable alternative to disposable coffee cups. Made from natural bamboo fibres, reusable bamboo coffee cups are BPA-free and incredibly lightweight. Being 100% biodegradable means that when your bamboo coffee cup reaches the end of its lifespan, the materials will break down cleanly, leaving little environmental impact.
Many eco-friendly coffee cups are made from plastic that has been designed for longevity. BPA & BPS free plastics provide a lightweight, heat resistant and durable option for reusable coffee cups. Many plastic reusable coffee cups have been designed to be able to be taken apart easily to allow for thorough cleaning to ensure the cups are hygienic and long lasting.
Besides the obvious positive environmental impacts you can have by switching from disposable coffee cups to reusable ones, there are lots of other benefits you can experience when you make the change for yourself.
Reusable materials, like glass and stainless steel are very sterile and hygienic, meaning that they don’t absorb the flavours of your coffee over time. Some plastics can absorb flavour and impact the way your morning brew tastes. In addition to this, many reusable coffee cups are double walled, so they are able to retain the heat for longer than a disposable coffee cup. Insulated stainless steel coffee cups are the best type for keeping your morning cuppa piping hot.
While we know it’s not the most important aspect, a great part about switching to a reusable coffee cup is that you can choose one to suit your style and truly personalise your coffee experience. Reusable coffee cups are made in not only a variety of materials, but also colours and themes. You can even buy silicone bands that are used as both hand grips and as an insulation barrier to personalise your coffee cup even more.
If you’re someone who purchases takeaway coffee regularly, making the change to using reusable coffee cups can have financial benefits for you as well. If you’re used to purchasing a cup of coffee on the way to work, you could consider making your coffee at home and taking your reusable coffee cup with you.
Or if nothing gives you more joy than a morning brew from your local café, you can take your own reusable cup in, most cafes will happily make your coffee in your cup. In some instances, it might even score you a handy discount, with many cafes offering discounted prices if you are using your own cup.
Like many other dishes, glasses, and food containers, you can wash your reusable coffee cup using regular dishwashing detergent and water.
It is important to clean after every use, especially if you have milk in your coffee. This will avoid germs and bacteria building up and will ensure the longevity of your reusable coffee cup.
Many reusable coffee cups can be washed in the dishwasher, but it is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when it comes to the care of your coffee cup.
At Ecolateral we aim to educate, inspire, and make it simple to lead a lifestyle that reduces your environmental impact on the world. We do this by sourcing products that have been made with the health of the Earth in mind. Our eco-friendly range incorporates items that are reusable, compostable, recyclable, or made from recycled materials to help you make more sustainable decisions. We support local manufacturing where we can and love Australian made products.
You can shop for reusable coffee cups made of a variety of materials and from some of the biggest brands including KeepCup, Cheeki & Joc online or instore at one of our 3 locations in South Australia – Blackwood, Magill & Brighton. We offer Click & Collect, AfterPay, as well as Australia-Wide and New Zealand shipping, with free shipping options available.