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Help save the planet

by Bonnie Gill

The winter woes are in full swing and takeaway coffees and turmeric lattes are on the up. It’s great for us caffeine fiends, but not so much for the environment.

You’re probably aware that Australians use roughly 1 billion coffee cups per year, a few too many according to Sustainability Victoria and most of which end up in landfill. It’s estimated that vessels that once housed your strong-skinny-flat whites are the second-largest contributor to litter waste after plastic bottles.

It’s easy to do your part – this is just one way. If you haven’t already purchased a sustainable cup and/or water bottle, below are some of our favourite brands whose loveable and sleek designs will make you question why you hadn’t bought one sooner.

Not only will you reap the benefits of café discounts and help the environment, you’re also supporting Australian-made products. Nice job, you!

Pottery for the Planet – from $35
If you purchase one of Pottery for the Planet’s beautifully handmade ceramic cups, you’re also helping generate funds for campaigns to reduce plastics in the ocean and protect sea creatures. Win!

Robert Gordon Australia – from $29.95
These beautiful stoneware takeaway cups are made to order and glazed right here in Melbourne, and offer subtle, pared back designs.

Huskee – from $44 for a set
The team behind HuskeeCup has created a pretty epic cup. It’s BPA-free and dishwasher friendly, and its clever design means it keeps your coffee hotter for longer AND it repurposes waste (coffee husk).

Fressko – from $39.95
The bottle that does it all. It holds your hot tea, cold water and fresh smoothies for up to 12 hours in its high quality, durable flask that doesn’t skimp on style. Fressko also boasts several tea-infuser bottles. Now that my friends, is a must.

S’well – from $25
These eco-friendly, triple-walled and downright sleek bottles are perfect for those on the go. The bottles keep your water cool for up to 24 hours and stay hot for up to 12 hours. A standard bottle of wine also fits into a 25oz S’well bottle…because #balance.

Happy shopping!