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Finding the right reusable mug is pretty straightforward. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Choose your type: A simple ceramic mug will likely do for office or home. The morning commute, however, may require a lidded mug. And if you like your hot beverages to be fresh, choose a tea infuser mug or French press-styled coffee cup. If you're going for iced coffee, try a retro looking glass mason jar with a lid.
  • Avoid BPA: Bisphenol A (BPA) is an additive in plastics that’s been linked to cancers and other serious health problems, and can sometimes be found in the internal plastic lining of a mug. Ceramic models or stainless steel-lined mugs are a good bet if you want to avoid this nasty chem for sure.
  • Have multiples: Decrease your chance to make the excuse, "I didn't have one handy" !

In the event that you forget your mug and MUST go with a paper cup, reduce your paper waste by carrying a reusable sleeve with you. Make your own compact and lightweight sleeve and say goodbye to the disposable cardboard sleeve forever!

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Buying a reusable mug helps you go green because...

  • You're reducing overall waste
  • You’re protecting forests from being cut down

Disposable coffee cups pose several eco-problems. Paper disposables require enormous quantities of trees to be extracted from forests and the bubbly insulator lining they’re often finished with make their recyclability questionable. A study by Starbucks found that 13.5 million reusable-cup-carrying customers kept more than 586,000 pounds of trash out of landfills in that year alone.[1]

Styrofoam coffee cups have their own problems—they’re made from crude oil, a non-renewable and non-biodegradable resource. The production of the petrochemicals used to make them supports the hazards of the petroleum industry, which include about 2.6 million gallons of oil spilled every month during transportation and about 71 million pounds of toxins released into the air and water during refinement.[2][3]

Related health issues

To make a finished plastic product flexible BPA, a chemical building block used to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins, is often added. In coffee mugs, BPA is used to give the plastic durability and flexibility, but the substance can liquefy and leach into drinks, especially at high temperatures.

BPA has been linked to cancers, impaired immune function, early onset of puberty, obesity, diabetes, and hyperactivity and is considered a hormone disruptors. BPA has also been shown to cause female-like development in male test animals and early onset of puberty in females, as well as increased hyperactivity and aggression in animals.

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I like using a glass olive jar. I poke a couple of holes in the lid, and wrap a handkerchief around the glass, because it does get hot. It works especially well for cold drinks, and fits easily into the cup holder of my car. The glass cleans up easily.

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