5 Reasons To Ditch the Paper Cup And Have Your Coffee In A Tumbler

Lesley Teoh

Who doesn’t love their morning cuppa? For most of us, the day doesn’t truly start until we’ve had a cup of coffee. But, we often find ourselves grabbing our quick caffeine fix to-go in a disposable cup, which has a negative impact on the environment.

According to a recent BBC report, 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic have been produced in the last 65 or so years. To put that into perspective, that's as heavy as 1 billion elephants. 

So instead of adding to the problem, why not bringing along a reusable mug to help reduce unnecessary waste?

Here are five reasons to ditch that disposable cup. 

DBS Like Kind Eco-Friendly Tumbler

1. Less waste.

Over 58 billion disposable cups are discarded to landfill each year in the United States. If you buy one coffee in a disposable cup each day, you’ll be creating about 10.4 kg of waste a year.

Polystyrene cups are the worst culprit as they never full degrade. It’s scary to think that if you’ve used a Styrofoam cup in your lifetime, it will still be around 500 years down the road.

That being said, paper cups are not as recyclable as you might think and contain an average of five percent polyurethane plastic, which prevents your paper cup from turning into a hot pile of soggy mush.

2. Reduce carbon emissions.

Since it is near impossible to separate the ‘plastic’ shell from the paper cups, most end up in landfills where they eventually decompose, releasing greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane. Every four paper cups manufactured produces a pound of carbon emissions and a staggering 20 million trees are cut down each year to manufacture paper cups.

3. Save!

Most cafes offer a discount when you bring your own mug or tumbler. This is a no-brainer that could add up to significant savings over the year, both for your pocket and the environment.



[Image Credit: Cuppow]

4. Keep your drinks hot and less likely to spill.

There are so many cool and innovative options when it comes to eco-friendly travel mugs and tumblers. Check out these kaleidoscopic reusable spill-free cups that come in a huge range of colour combinations. They’re made by KeepCup, which aims to increase the usage of reusables in Australia. We’re also mad about these Cuppow drinking lids that help you upcycle a simple jar into a travel mug!


5. Because we'll be giving you a free eco-friendly reusable tumbler if you sign up for our Live Kind Passport challenge!

Still not convinced? Here's one more reason to make the switch. We'll be giving out reusable cups to those who complete four simple socially conscious tasks at the The Social Ground by DBS at Singapore Coffee Festival from 4-6 August. Register here

Bamboo straws by social enterprise Green Umbrella in Cambodia

While you’re at it, why not ditch your plastic straw for a reusable bamboo one?

Check out these amazing reusable bamboo straws (USD5 for 10) from Green Umbrella, a social enterprise in Cambodia that supports women from the Chum Reak Phen Commune. They’re made of whole bamboo stalks and are easily cleaned with soap and boiling water. 


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