Best reusable coffee cups
Each year, the UK gets through a staggering three billion disposable coffee cups, only 1% of are recycled in this country. Single-use cups, made from paper lined with leak-proof polyethylene, can be processed only at a handful of specialised plants.
As a result, more people are investing in reusable cups. It’s not just for the sake of the planet, either: many coffee shops offer discounts for customers who bring a cup of their own.
The best reusable coffee cups to buy now
1. Ecoffee Cup
You can’t fault this one on its environmental credentials. Not only is the Ecoffee Cup made from bamboo fibre, the world’s most sustainable crop, but it’s also biodegradable - which means when you’re done with it, you can crush it, soak it in boiling water and throw it on your compost heap. It feels like thick cardboard, but it’s durable and dishwasher-safe and is available in a wide range of bright patterns and designs.
Ecoffee Cup, amazon.co.uk, £11.22
2. Huskup reusable eco cup
The husks that coat grains of rice might not seem like a particularly useful byproduct, but you’ll find them in everything from toothpaste to beer to, yes, reusable coffee cups like this one from Huskup. It comes with a removable silicone sleeve that’s also recyclable and is both microwave and dishwasher safe. And, like the Ecoffee Cup, this can be dumped on the compost heap if you kick the caffeine habit.
Huskup, amazon.co.uk, £10.95
A direct antidote to disposable waste, the rCup from Cornish company Ashortwalk is itself made of discarded single-use cups. The result is a lightweight, leak-proof cup that is as stylish as it is eco-friendly, available in a range of colours like mustard, teal and millennial pink. The ergonomic lid can be pushed up and down with one hand - ideal for mess-free slurping on-the-go.
rCup, amazon.co.uk, £12
4. KeepCup Original
Australian company KeepCup make a selection of reusable cups in all sorts of colours and sizes, mostly from brightly coloured non-toxic plastic. You can also pick up a cork and glass edition that’s made from the waste involved in manufacturing wine corks.
KeepCup Original, amazon.co.uk, £11.95
6. Simple Modern Travel Mug Tumbler
While most of the time we're reaching for a hot cup of coffee to take with us in the morning, the summer months often call for something a bit more chilled. This Simple Modern travel tumbler, with both a straw and flip lid, gives you the best of both worlds, keeping your drink either hot or cold for hours, and giving you the option to sip an iced coffee or other beverage.
Simple Modern, amazon.co.uk, £15.99
6. Joco Cup
This chunky - but curiously lightweight - reusable cup from Joco is made of glass. The higher price tag is reflected in the classy design, tastefully muted colours and splash-proof lid.
Joco Cup, amazon.co.uk, £19.99