Have you been wondering if reusable cups are worth buying?
With coffee being a rising trend in the UK and thousands of stores opening world wide, we are spending more and more money on coffee each year – and unfortunately, more and more coffee cups are not being recycled.
Buying a reusable cup definitely has its environmental benefits, but what about money saving benefits?
Big coffee chains like Starbucks, Costa and Pret are positively acting on the war on plastic by offering customers a discount when bringing their own, reusable cups.
You thought it was hard to pick what coffee you wanted with a multitude of different specialities available? Just wait until you see the different reusable cup designs you can buy! With the new reusable cup trend we are doing our bit for the environment – as well as our bank accounts.
Shop Now Reusable CupsHow many times have you checked your bank statement and as you continue to scroll through the many pages, costa coffee shows up at least every three purchases?
The logical thing to do to save money on coffee would be to get a home barista, cafetiere or another coffee-making contraption that’s out there and reduce the number you buy from the takeaway stores, but we all know it’s not that easy.
If you buy a coffee on your way to work everyday from stores like Costa, Starbucks and Pret, you are spending on average (you may want to sit down for this)…
£662.50 a year!
That is just an example of a regular latte from Costa for £2.65. Think of all the Christmas presents that could have been purchased for the amount of money.
More and more coffee chains are working towards encouraging the use of reusable cups.
For example, Caffe Nero are offering double loyalty points, which brings you even closer to that free coffee.
As well as the corporate coffee chains, the University College London and Loughborough University are offering a 10p discount for reusable cups on their campus cafes.
Top tips on saving even more money on coffee
Invest in a cafeteria. They don’t cost you much and you can make as many as you want, in the comfort of your own home.
Buy an espresso and get the discount by using your reusable cup. Then you can top it up with your own water and milk.
Look out for deals. Caffe Nero offer a free coffee on a Tuesday for those on the O2 app. Vouchercodes hold some good coffee deals at places such as Tesco and paperchase for a free coffee in their in store cafes.
Check the terms of supermarket loyalty cards. Waitrose Loyalty card offers a free coffee with any purchase and there is no minimum spend to get your coffee. Ikea also offer a family membership which offers a free coffee.
Reusable cups can not only save us money, but can also positively help the environment by reducing waste.
Need a reusable cup?
Stojo’s foldable reusable cup and Frank Green reusable cups have been ranked on several websites as two of the leading reusable coffee cups. Sites including Expert Reviews, the Independent and Good Housekeeping have picked out the best eco-friendly and sustainable reusable cups to date.
There are also plenty of other ways that we can do our bit for the environment.
Here are 7 more easy things you can implement in your daily life to help the environment
They may seem small – but if everyone makes small steps, it will have a big difference.
By recycling paper, cardboard and plastic, we can reduce the amount of rubbish left on landfill sites. Recycling will help reduce the pollution that is caused by waste, as harmful greenhouse gases are released from landfills.
Use reusable bags
We have all heard of the new 5p and 10p charges on carrier bags. Annoying, right? But actually, it’s there for a reason. If we can start using reusable bags (which come in an array of fancy shapes, sizes and colours – much better than the boring plastic anyway) then we can reduce the effects it has on the environment.
Don’t print if you don’t need to
Why print and waste paper unnecessarily? In today’s world, everything is at our fingertips with the deep dark web. Why not read that article or present that report online, rather than printing copies just to be used for an hour and then thrown away after?
Use reusable water bottles and coffee cups
Disposable cups made by big chains are not recyclable. This means every time you get your takeaway coffee without using a reusable cups, means another one that will sit on our landfills for 450 years (give or take).
You can also help the environment by using a reusable water bottle. By reducing the number of plastic bottles you purchase, you can contribute to reducing greenhouse emissions, the amount of oil used and plastic pollution.
Just by making little changes like turning the lights off when you leave a room or when you leave the house can save money, as well as help the environment. Electricity is generated from burning fossil fuels, which release harmful greenhouse gases.
Just by taking a shorter shower or turning the water off while brushing your teeth can help reduce the amount of water we use. This can not only save us money and preserve the environment, but it also reduces the energy that treats, transports and heats water.
Car share, cycle or get the bus
Who likes to sit in traffic anyway? The bonus for us means that there will be less traffic. As the for the environment, it means that there is less air pollution and less road infrastructure. Aren’t those constant road works just infuriating?
What positive changes are you making to help the environment?