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12 beautiful reusable coffee cups to help you be more environmentally friendly

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Megan Murray
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Do your bit for the planet and check out our edit of the best reusable coffee cups on the market.  

You don’t have to be the most sustainability-savvy person to know that the nation’s coffee habit is having a detrimental effect on the planet. 

In the UK we use seven million disposable coffee cups every day, which amounts to almost a staggering three billion a year. As coffee cups are largely made of paper, many consumers assume they can be recycled. In reality, however, the number of then that can actually be re-cycled is shockingly low.

To ensure a disposal coffee cup is waterproof and can effectively cradle the precious liquid inside, it is lined with a tightly fused plastic material and topped with a plastic cap, neither of which can be recycled, making it a lot harder to responsibly throw it away than you would think.  

In fact, a report by the Environmental Audit Committee revealed that only one in 400 cups can be recycled – which is less than 0.25%.

It’s time to go reusable 

The government has recognised the serious effects that disposable coffee cups are having on our planet, with the Environmental Audit Committee calling for the introduction of a 25p “latte levy” on disposable coffee cups, and for all coffee cups to be recycled by 2023.

But it’s not enough. We need to take responsibility for our own coffee consumption and do our bit to reduce our carbon footprints. Buying a reusable coffee cup and asking a barista to fill ‘er up is a small change to our morning routine but makes an important impact on the planet.

We’ve selected a range of the most beautiful, chic and design-led reusable coffee cups out there to help inspire you to make the jump and get one for yourself.

So take a look and make a purchase, and just think how smug you’ll feel taking your shiny, new reusable cup into your local coffee shop come Monday morning. 

Many of the windows in the beautiful V&A Cafe are decorated with Victorian maxims about the joys of eating and drinking such as this quote, which has been added to this Keep Cup, designed specially for the iconic London museum. 

£17.50, vam.ac.uk

We love the rosy-cheeked design of this oh-so-pretty travel mug. 

£21.95, amara.com

Not only was William Morris an artist, print maker, poet and social activist who created gorgeous patterns like the one covering this reusable coffee cup, he also held a deep commitment and respect for the environment. Make like Morris and use this artsy cup to save on waste. 

£11.95, ecoffeecup.eco 

Made from lightweight plastic, this cute cup is unbreakable and wonderfully colourful – making it an easy choice for coffee on the go.

£10, uk.keepcup.com

Let your creative juices flow with this customisable reusable coffee cup. Upon purchasing, you can pick your desired colour from 12 different shades, altering the hues of the two main sections and button on top of the cup. 

£19.99, frankgreen.com

This colourful floral design by Kate Spade is guaranteed to brighten your day (the coffee inside it might help, too).

£16, amara.com

You don’t have to give up your Starbucks addiction if you want to do your bit for the planet, just buy your caffeine fix in one of the brand’s reusable tumblers instead!

£6.50, amazon.co.uk

This beautiful environmentally-responsible reusable cup is made with natural bamboo fibre – one of the world’s most sustainable resources.

£10.95, ecoffeecup.eco

This captivating tropical pattern is one of our favourite designs from Sara Miller, thanks to the exquisite pink, blue and green tones it features. 

£15, houseoffraser.co.uk 

Illustrator Lars Huse designed the beautiful print for this Joco reusable cup, inspired by Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

£24.99, trouva.com

Star Wars fans will love this limited edition R2D2 reusable coffee cup, which is “identifiable to all humanoids who know the ways of the force.”

£17, uk.keepcup.com 

This reusable coffee cup’s minty, pastel hues are bang on-trend for going into spring. 

£12.95, ecoffeecup.eco

Images: Courtesy of brands