Reusable Coffee Mugs & Coffee Sleeves: Saving The World One Coffee At A Time

reusable-coffee-sleeve-glue-and-glitter.jpg One of the most dangerous actions you can take part in is drinking unprotected coffee.

Even worse than that, however, is employing the use of cheap coffee protection – the cardboard coffee condom – as I like to call it.

Oh sure, it may keep your hands from being scalded by the steaming hot beverage you are about to enjoy, but it is most often discarded to scald the face of Mother Nature.

I’m not over dramatizing am I?

One of the simplest and easiest steps you can take towards living greener this year is to begin using your own reusable coffee cups at work, home, and even you local coffee shop.

And of course you’ll want your very own reusable coffee sleeve to go along with it.

Read on for my favorite reusable mug and sleeve combo…


The ‘I am not a paper cup’ coffee mug

Besides the mug from the best coffee shop in Nashville, CREMA, I usually roll with my I Am Not A Paper Cup mug when I’m on the go.

This mug looks like a regular, unbranded paper cup that you might get from any coffee establishment. In actuality, it’s really a double-walled porcelin mug with a white silicon lid. The double-walled construction keeps your beverage warm and your hands cool.

If you’re using the cheaper I Am Not A Paper Cup knockoff, you’ll be saving some money but needing some heat shielding.

For that, my new friend Becky Striepe of Glue and Glitter has you covered. In addition to being an Eco Etsy maven, Becky writes for Green Options media and greenUPGRADER.

In Glue and Glitter’s Etsy store you’ll find everything from aprons to lunch kits to coffee sleeves. Becky has been nice enough to offer free domestic shipping on any reusable coffee sleeve (or “cup glove”, as she calls them) to readers of The Fun Times Guide to Living Green.

All you have to do is leave a note mentioning this post in the Message to Seller section of the purchase and she’ll refund your shipping! Easy peasy.

If you don’t see a cup glove design that strikes your fancy, she can create a custom one that matches your tastes and style.


Why is using your own mug and coffee sleeve important?

About My Planet says:

In the US, 16 billion cups are used for coffee each year. This equals about 6.5 million trees. Overall, North Americans use 58% of all paper cups, amounting to a staggering 130 billion cups – including hot and cold beverages. But other countries, particularly China, are starting to catch up.

Most cups use high-quality bleached virgin paperboard. Recently, some coffee shops have demanded cups with recycled content. While these do reduce new wood consumption, they may assuage consumer guilt more than merited. Additionally in the US, the Food and Drug Administration regulates recycled content to ensure cup safety – 10% recycled content and 90% new paper is the maximum allowed.

Paper cups are coated with polyethylene for insulation and durability. This plastic resin prevents recycling of cups. In addition, it is a suspected carcinogen. Coffee lids are made of plastic too. The overall effect, while arguably preventing hot drinks from spilling, is to reduce the aromatic smell of the beverage. At the same time, it offers the perfect environment for chemical leaching by combining hot acidic fluid with plastic.

So take a small step towards living greener and snatch up a reusable coffee mug and a reusable coffee condom!



Yo. I'm Jeffrey. I think every little step is an awesome one when it comes to living green... but eco-snobbery sucks.

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  • Taylen

    The reusable coffee condom is a great call…I have a stack of sleeves on my desk to be returned to the coffee shop on one of these visits, but that’s only a temporary solution…the next person is likely to discard it. Great call!

    • Jeffrey Davis

      Thanks Taylen. glad you liked the idea. Isn’t it crazy how so many times you see such a simple idea and find yourself wondering, “geez, why didn’t I think of that before?”. I know i sure do.

  • KozeeLady

    Kup Kollars by Koffee Kompanions have been around since 1996! They’re designed with Thinsulate insulation (used in coolers and winter clothing) to hold in heat or cold, longer while protecting your hands. Use on 12-24 ounce and 33 ounce drink containers. Machine washable. For more info

  • Coffee Clubs

    I would like to add that you can also use reusable mugs to put your coffee. As much as possible lets lessen buying beverages in can and in plastic bottle to lessen the waste we generate that only contributes more pollution to our “already polluted planet”.