The Best Eco-Friendly Alternatives To Traditional To-Go Coffee Cups

58 billion. Let that number settle in your brain.

As part of HuffPost’s “Reclaim” project, HuffPost Taste will focus the entire month of July on simple ways you can reduce food waste in your own home.

In the U.S. alone, 58 billion paper cups are thrown out every year. Most of those paper cups are not compostable because they’re lined with a petroleum-based product. And then there’s the problem with styrofoam: 25 billion styrofoam coffee cups are thrown out annually. So much waste. There’s a simple solution to fighting this waste and it now comes in many stylish options. We’re talking about the travel mug, folks.

Travel mugs might be a pain to remember ― and to lug around ― but when they’re as intelligently designed as the ones below, they’re easy to use. Check them out and start bringing your own cup to the coffee shop.

Stojo minimizes the hassle of a travel cup by making it collapsible. This leak-proof cup holds 12 ounces of fluid when fully open and can be collapsed small enough to fit in your pocket when you're done with your cup of coffee. You can get yours for $15.
The Cuppow basically transforms any mason jar into an on-the-go cup, perfect for any beverage from coffee to cocktails. It eliminates the need for disposable cups, plus helps you transform something you already have into a more usable object. You can buy a lid for $8.99, just make sure you pick the right mouth size.
Joco Cup
Joco is where eco-friendly meets design. This 12-ounce glass cup comes in a variety of colors and is outfitted with a thermal silicone sleeve and splash lid. It'll set you back $21.98.
'I Am Not A Paper Cup'
Not only is the 'I Am Not A Paper Cup' travel mug delightfully cheeky, but it's only $12, too. It looks just like a traditional paper cup but is made out of porcelain with a flexible silicon lid.
Compleat doesn't do away with waste completely, but it does make the plastic lid that comes with most disposable coffee mugs unnecessary. This innovative paper cup is folded in such a way that the lid is part of the cup itself. It's not yet available to consumers, but be on the lookout.
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