cartoon of white cup with brown liquid with steam 16 billion disposable coffee cups end up in the trash each year!

Unfortunately, these cups can't be recycled due to the coating on the inside. These single-use plastics, like plastic covers and straws, have now been banned in the UK .

Reusable travel mugs to the rescue!

  • Environmentally friendly: help reduce how many disposable cups end up in landfills.

  • Dual purpose: insulation can be used for both hot and cold beverages.

  • Money in your pocket: avoid extra costs by pouring your own delicious home beverage into your reusable mug, and off you go!

Purchasing a reusable travel mug can be overwhelming when browsing online or in-store. With so many different designs and options at your fingertips, how can you find the one best suited to your needs?

Narrow Down Your Search

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Think about the following questions...

  • Where will you use the mug?

  • Which beverages will you use it for?

  • Is the style important to you?

  • How much to spend?

  • What's the best size mug for you?

...and possible answers

  • Commuting, driving to work, at your desk

  • Hot and/or cold beverages

  • Colour and shape

  • Can range from $15 and up

    • Depends on the amount of beverage you drink

    • 12 ounces/1.5 cups for short trips

    • 24 ounces/3 cups for long trips

What Features Are Most Important To You?


  • Does it need to fit a vehicle cupholder?

  • Do you need a rubberized grip to avoid slipping from your hand?

  • Does it need a clip to secure to a knapsack?


  • Do you need extra insulation to keep beverages hot or cold for extended periods?

  • Do you prefer to hold and carry a mug with a handle or free grip?

Spouts And Lids

Ergonomic sip spout cover

  • Flip-top: flips up to open the spout and keeps it clean

  • Rotate lock/push button/slide mechanism: used to open and close the spout but doesn't protect it

Types of Lids

  • Snap-on lid with rubber gasket: quick to pop on but can come off if toppled over

  • Screw on: reduces the chance of accidental spills


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  • Less expensive

  • Lightweight and easy to carry

  • Retains coffee stains

  • Risk of leaching if it contains BPA, a chemical that can harm your health

Stainless steel

  • Expensive

  • Heavy

  • Lasts long but prone to dents

  • Keeps temperature even longer

  • Less likely to leach chemicals


For a busy parent who is environmentally conscious, which is the most suitable travel mug?

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