Pre-Covid I refuelled with coffee in my reusable cup practically every day. Now that I’m working from home, I drink less coffee and virtually never drink takeaway coffee. On the odd occasion I do, I’m sometimes not allowed to use my cup or, even more frustratingly, baristas will make the coffee in a takeaway cup before pouring it into my cup.
However, like with the paper/plastic/reusable bag scenario, it takes more energy and creates more emissions to make a reusable cup than it does a takeaway cup. But if you use it enough, a reusable cup becomes the more sustainable alternative. Bear in mind that takeaway cups are also throwaway cups. Since they are made from mixed materials, they are not recyclable or compostable.
— Claudia Hauter (@ClaudiaHauter) February 21, 2020
But if you forget your reusable cup, it’s better (and cheaper) to use a takeaway cup rather than buy another reusable one. Better yet? Sit down and enjoy your cuppa joe in a mug or cup and saucer. Even better (but far more difficult): drink less coffee.
Zero waste tips:
Carry a reusable cup.
Avoid takeaway coffee.
Drink less coffee.