Are Reusable Coffee Mugs Really Helpful To The Environment?

Coffee-to-go disposable cups are considered an environmental sin. There is a growing campaign of using reusable coffee mugs vs. disposable cups. The question now is whether reusable coffee mugs really helps the environment as it claims.

Reusable Coffee Mug Review

Caffeine addicts who visit Germany don’t need to be worry about where to get coffee. Every city center revealed more than half a dozen providers of “coffee to go”. No bakery branch that could miss the lucrative side business. And since people are getting more involved in cleaning the environment, expect to see no disposable cups so you will have to bring with you your own mug or reusable mugs,

The reusable coffee mug has become the new star of environmentalists in recent months. If you sip the pick-me-up from disposable containers, on the other hand, you automatically stand on the same level as diesel drivers, smokers, and plastic bag holders. To say at parties that there are more important problems in the world is tantamount to kicking them out.

List of disposable refusers is growing

There is a sure sign that the reusable cup has reached the center of the consumer society. Large corporations and entire cities have been involved in the movement, and even Deutsche Bahn has been doing this for a few days. Even retailers of coffee and coffee machine products like Ourcoffeebarn participates in the movement.

Whole cities jump on the train. Munich wants to ban tenants of urban coffee expenses from one-way solutions before autumn. The city council has the power to influence this agenda, therefore, the decision was made without votes. Rosenheim tries a deposit system, Freiburg the “Freiburg Cup”. Dozens of cafes, bakeries and ice cream parlors are already taking part, reports the city administration proudly.

In Berlin, the coffee boards were released to combat in the coalition agreement of the red-red-green government. Hamburg plans the “Kehrwieder cup”, Hesse the “cup bonus”. The list of one-way refusers grows across the country every week. Extra taxes on disposable cups are required, deposit systems installed.

Are reusable cups really better?

Another objection should, however, taste even less for reusable cup heroes than the hygiene concerns: it is entirely uncertain whether reusable cups are better for the environment after weighing up all aspects. Finally, cups that are used repeatedly, regardless of whether they are made of plastic, stainless steel or ceramic, must be rinsed in an energy-intensive manner. Their production releases greenhouse gas, the transport pollutes the environment.

A scientific study on the ecological balance of one-way versus reusable is simply not available, it said in a report by the Coffee to go initiative for Cologne in early July.

The sober conclusion: “The advantage of reusable cups has not yet been proven.” The Consumer Advice Center North Rhine-Westphalia has compiled the pros and cons arguments and in a technical discussion in the spring came to the conclusion that reusable bottles only offer ecological advantages if the containers are used as often as possible, rinsed as ecologically as possible and transported as short as possible.

In the end, there remains a discipline problem – throwing away thoughtlessly. Up to 17 percent of the rubbish lying on the streets and green spaces are disposable cups, according to the Düsseldorf consumer center. This is not only ugly but also expensive. The University of Tübingen alone spent around 16,000 euros in 2015 on collecting paper cups.

No wonder that many friends of mobile coffee enjoyment have the need to pass on their remorse for disposable cups to others. In a survey by the market research company YouGov these days, only every sixth coffee-to-go lover stated that they had ever used a reusable pot. At the same time, 82 percent asked companies to reduce packaging waste.