Australian company KeepCup has created an eco-friendly alternative to the take-away coffee cup.
This commuter mug has a warranty for one year and comes in four standard take-away sizes. They are also a lot of fun to make. You begin by going to the KeepCup website, where you design and customise your dream cup. Alternatively you can just order a ready made one from Amazon.
I have never had a problem in any coffee shops, the manufacturers seem to have got the measurements just right. I have had a few amused baristas comment on my “special cup”, however.
I mainly use it when commuting or going on a journey. They all fit nicely into my car cup holder. Cleaning is easy as they’re dishwasher- and microwave-safe. They also come apart easily for cleaning.
Sippy cup for grown ups
One thing I did find was that the design left me feeling a little bit like I was drinking from a child’s plastic cup. This may be because one of the founders of the company, Abigail Forsyth first thought of the idea when giving her daughter warm milk in a sippy cup.
The “Fast Facts” section of the website tells us: “The break even with disposable cups is 15 uses over the KeepCup life cycle including cleaning.”
There is also a section that will work out our individual impact on the environment through take-away coffee cup usage and how much we could save by owning a KeepCup.
Personally I find my KeepCups useful, fun, and eco-friendly; plus they keep my coffee warmer for longer than a standard take-away cup would.