Between the paper cups, cardboard sleeves, plastic straws and paper napkins, a trip to your favorite coffee shop can lead to a lot of waste. Whether you're a coffee addict or a tea lover, there are simple steps you can take to create less waste when you get your fix.
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Waste-free Tips for Coffee & Tea To-go
Bring your own cup
For hot coffee and tea that stays hot, check out our thermal mugs. Available in stainless steel, porcelain, glass and more, these reusable mugs and cups will replace countless paper cups and cardboard sleeves.
Pair a thermal cup with a reusable straw - glass or stainless steel - and cut the need for plastic straws with your iced drinks. (And the paper they're wrapped in!)
If you find yourself without your reusable mug don't buy a new one at the shop! Consuming cheap reusables as impulse buys is just as bad as consuming disposables - maybe worse because they use more resources to produce. Just remember your mug next time.
Another tip for when you forget a mug - reuse your disposable cup. Check out these great upcycling ideas from Instructables.
And remember, most coffee shops (like Starbuck's and Peet's Coffee and Tea) knock a few cents off your total when you bring your own cup!
Ditch the sleeve
When you bring your own thermal mug you don't just save on paper cups, but you also don't need to take a sleeve!
If you can't bring your own cup, keep a Silicone Java Mitt in your bag or even on your wrist. Every disposable you can replace counts.