Coffee Cups

Over a year, use of a KeepCup reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 92% compared to disposable cups.

It is estimated Australians use 1 billion disposable coffee cups each year. That's approximately 2,700,000 paper coffee cups thrown out every day! Even though paper cups can be recycled, the best choice is to use a reusable coffee cup, thereby not creating any waste whatsoever.

Go Green – The greenest choice is to bring along your own reusable cup, like a KeepCup. It's also the cheapest, with some outlets offering a discount if you bring your own (see the KeepCup UoM case study). And if you have a cafe in your neighbourhood that's signed up to Responsible Cafes, bringing your own cup could save you around 50c on your coffee!

Colourful KeepCups

The KeepCup brand of reusable coffee cups is our preferred choice:

  • Compared to ceramic mugs, KeepCups take less energy to produce and are light weight and durable so can be easily carried around with you.
  • The cups are designed and manufactured in Australia so are supporting local industry and have lower carbon miles.
  • The cups are made from recyclable plastic and also meet OHS requirements for those who make the coffee.

KeepCup sizes

Another Australian alternative are Frank Green, who make reusable drink cups and bottles. Some come with in built technology to pay via the cup itself! Frank Green is 100% designed and manufactured in Melbourne.

Frank Green

Use Discretion – Recycle any disposable paper based or plastic cups/containers.*
Stop – using polystyrene cups, or throwing disposable cups into landfill.

*The reason UoM can take coffee cups in the recycling (unlike so many other places) is that our recyclers have a more complex sorting system for the mixed recycling, and have indicated that they can take the coffee cups.

They are sent off for recycling with other similar materials such as milk cartons. Recycling laminated paper coffee cups involves pulping the cup in water to separate the polyethylene layer from the paper fibre.