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SIX ALTERNATIVES TO DISPOSABLE COFFEE CUPS

I'm sure I'm probably teaching you all to suck eggs here, and that everyone is already a convert to re-usable cups, and always remembers to take their own ( 😉 ) with them when they think they might need a coffee fix, but just in case...

1. TAKE YOUR OWN COFFEE
Yes, I freely admit that this doesn't really have the same allure of a posh coffee, but it doesn't have the price tag either. If I am ever travelling by train, I usually take a thermos of coffee with me to drink on the way, but it is a bit of a pain then lugging the empty flask around with me for the rest of the day.

2. UPCYCLED JAM JAR
If you really want to be down with the kids, then using an old (cleaned out!) jam jar is the way to go for your re-usable coffee cup. It costs you nothing (assuming you've bought and eaten the jam/marmalade etc anyway), and has the advantage of the lid that you can put on when you have drunk your coffee, so that the dregs don't spill all over the contents of your bag.
The downsides however would be I would imagine it is quite hot to hold once it is full of coffee (this can be overcome by DIY solutions like this one, or you can knit/crochet yourself a hand protector thing), and that being made of glass, it might be prone to breakage in your bag.

3. STANDARD REUSABLE MUG
You can usually pick these up from charity shops if you keep your eye out, saving the planet the resources needed to make a brand new one. Some of them are insulated to help keep your drink hot, and you can pretty much take your pick of designs and colours.
If you don't fancy a second-hand one, then try an Ecoffee cup, made from organic bamboo.

4. KEEP CUP
Keep Cups were originally designed by Melbourne cafe owners, and are specifically made to be 'barista friendly'. They have since sold over 3 million cups, and have plastic versions, as well as glass ones. I think they are still made in Australia, so getting a cup from the other side of the world might not be the most sustainable option, but they really do seem to have put a lot of thought into making their cups as eco-friendly as possible. They have set up UK warehouses, which lessens the impact of the shipping and distribution of them.

5. STOJO
Hubby bought me one of these when they were running a Kickstarter campaign. It's collapsible which means that I find it easier to carry round with me all the time without really noticing it taking up lots of space in my bag.
These are made in the USA, so again possibly not the most sustainable option, but they do win out for convenience.

6. rCUP
I'm super excited about these and may well be getting some to gift at Christmas time. They're made from recycled disposable coffee cups, are insulated, AND leak-proof!

I'm not really a coffee drinker, but I am something of a tea-aholic, and my cup has helped me avoid unnecessary waste when I have been out with the family (usually at events where there isn't an option for sitting down with my drink).
 Do you have a favourite re-usable cup? It might be be fun to find out who has the oldest re-usable cup still in use! Do let us know your re-usable coffee cup tips in the comments.

[006] – PLASTIC FREE LIVING WITH THE ZERO WASTE CHEF

In this episode I'm SO excited to be chatting to Anne Marie Bonneau, aka the Zero Waste Chef.
Anne Marie shares the story of how she got started on her Zero Waste journey, and her top tips for cutting out single use plastic.

Useful links

Anne Marie's blog - Zero Waste Chef

Anne Marie on Instagram

Anne Marie on Facebook

Anne Marie on Twitter

Beth Terry's blog - My Plastic Free Life

The Plastiki

How to make your own cloth produce bags - Anne Marie's guest post for me!

Homemade deodorant (that works!)

Popcorn

Roasted chickpeas (this sound gooooood!)

Meetup.com- to organise your own Zero Waste Meet Ups..!

Rainbow Grocery in San Francisco

Plastic Free Pantry 

Homemade vanilla extract

Earth Food Love- the Zero Waste shop in Totnes

My Sustainable Life FB community(do come and join us!)


Some of Anne-Marie's Top Tips

  • Check out your local farmers market for packaging free produce
  • Make/take your own produce bags when you go shopping
  • Make your own deodorant
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    Cook from scratch more - cook in bulk, freeze, plan ahead
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    Pick ONE thing to change at a time

ACTION
YOU CAN TAKE AFTER LISTENING

BABY STEPS
  • Find your nearest farmers market, when it's on and then make a date to try it out
  • Take your re-usable bags with you when you go shopping - including for loose fruit and veg
  • Experiment with making your own popcorn as a snack
BIGGER STEPS
  • Find your nearest farmers market, when it's on and then make a date to try it out
  • Take your re-usable bags with you when you go shopping - including for loose fruit and veg
  • Experiment with making your own popcorn as a snack
GREAT STRIDES
  • Organise your own Zero Waste Meet Up locally

[005] – HOW TO GET STARTED WITH A SUSTAINABLE LIFE

In this episode we look at what Sustainable Living even means, and how to get started when it might be feeling really overwhelming.

Useful links

Top Tips

  • Get clear on your 'why' - why is it important to you to make sustainable changes?
  • Think about what a 'sustainable life' looks like, feels like, to you and your family
  • Chunk it down - what areas or topics make up this 'sustainable life'?
  • Pick ONE area to work on first
  • Pick ONE thing to change - what is the smallest, most manageable change you could make to have a positive impact in that one area this week?
  • Set yourself a deadline!

[004] – COMMUNITY GARDENING WITH SARA VENN FROM INCREDIBLE EDIBLE BRISTOL

Before we start – a little heads up about the background noise on this one – Sara works in an incredibly hip co-working space surrounded by trendy millenials and moustache wax, who can be heard getting themselves a skinnydoubleshotdecaffavocado latte in the background..!

Sara Venn is one of the first people I thought of when I first had the idea for this podcast.
She is an absolute inspiration who founded Incredible Edible Bristol and transformed not just unloved spaces around the city, but people’s lives too.

[003] – A SUSTAINABLE LIFE – START WITH WHY

In this episode, I share why I think it’s so important for us all to get really clear on WHY it’s so important to us that we make sustainable changes in our lives.
It may well be something you’ve never really thought about, but if you can spend a few minutes giving your ‘why’ some thought, it can be a really powerful motivator to keep you taking those all important steps forwards on your sustainable living journey.

[002] – MEET THE FOUNDER OF THE UK’S FIRST TOOL LIBRARY

Tool libraries are a brilliantly simple concept, and are a pretty popular thing over in North America, but up until a couple of years ago, we didn’t have even one here in the UK.
All that changed in 2015 when Chris Hellawell started up The Edinburgh Tool Library. It’s an inspirational story of one man with a vision, who is creating huge positive change in his community and showing the Sharing Economy is about far more than simply ‘stuff’.

[001] – A SUSTAINABLE LIFE – THE PODCAST!

Yes, that’s right, a podcast!
I’m SO excited to get this out there – it feels like this podcast been a long time coming, and I can’t wait to get on some of my sustainable living heroes as guests, and to chat with you each week about all things sustainable living and hopefully inspire and motivate you to think about the small changes YOU could make that would make a big difference.

Hear more about my ‘sustainability journey’ – what got me started, and how I ended up here, in this inaugural episode of A Sustainable Life!

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