Sustainable living has a reputation for being very middle class. Admittedly, that can be the case. A lot of sustainable brands cost more money, and as a result only cater to a certain class of people. But sustainability can be hugely affordable, and can even save you money. How? I’m going to show you with a simple coffee cup analogy.
We’ve all seen those clickbait articles blaming millennials for literally everything and anything. “House market crashes because millennials are buying too much coffee and avocados”. “Millennials ruin The Lion King movie for new generation”. “The wind changed direction so today we’re going to blame millennials”.
But if you’re saving money on those coffee and avocados, then what’s the problem?
Recently, I decided to take a hold of my finances for real. I’m a student with a part-time job and I understand the value of having savings. So I sat down and evaluated my incomings and outgoings. I don’t go out and drink, I make food at home (sometimes), and I’ve never taken out a payday loan. My biggest expenses are Netflix, Canva Pro, Spotify, and, yes, my coffee habit.
Per month, I spend approximately £55 on coffee. That’s £495 per academic year! All for my daily iced latte fix in-between lectures. So where does the money saving come in?
One of my sustainable living must-haves is a reusable cup. I was recently gifted a bamboo coffee cup from Reusaboo. They’re a new kid on the block in terms of reusable coffee cups, having launched in June 2019, and they’re leading the fight against single-use coffee cups.
Reusaboo have a handy calculator on their website that shows you how much you can save per year with a reusable cup. You can even specify what coffee chain you prefer for a more accurate result. My £2.75 Starbucks iced latte could see me getting a whopping £65 worth of savings simply by taking a reusable cup!
While it doesn’t seem like a lot per year, it’s still an extra £65. But if you go somewhere like Pret or Patisserie Valerie, your savings are bumped up to a massive £130 per year! Over 5 years, that’s £650 in savings. Just from your morning cup of coffee.
Sustainability just got a lot more affordable!
Eco friendly, watertight, heat resistant. Just some of the benefits of a Reusaboo reusable cup.
I’ve had a fair few reusable cups in the past. Metal ones, plastic ones, big ones, small ones. You name it. A problem I’ve always had is the lid. All the cups I’ve used have had an open drinking spout that doesn’t close, leaving me to spill my drink.
Thankfully, Reusaboo have a silicone stopper on the lid! It keeps your drink safe within the cup, and you can pin it back when you want to take a drink. There’s also a grooved silicone sleeve that prevents those dreaded hand burns that come with a hot beverage.
Made from sustainable and biodegradable bamboo, not only are Reusaboo cups BPA and Phthalate free, they’re also dishwasher safe! The bamboo also doesn’t affect the taste of your drink the same way metal does.
Available on Amazon, Reusaboo cups are £7.99. Meaning that it pays for itself in just 8 weeks worth of iced lattes! It also comes in eco-friendly packaging, with all the information printed directly on the box. It’s a similar packaging to the one I’ve seen with Organicup, and it’s a brilliant way to reduce waste.
I’ve been using a Reusaboo cup for just over a couple of weeks now. It’s fast becoming my favourite sustainable swap I’ve made. It’s lightweight, secure, and fits perfectly in my bag (when it’s empty may I add).
One Reusaboo coffee cup fits 450ml, the exact same size as a Grande drink from Starbucks. You can’t get more convenient than that! I even use it at home when I’m not on the go. Most recently I used it to make an iced latte at home. While the results of the latte were questionable (to say the least), the cup did a perfect job.
My favourite aspect of this cup? Once it’s done and can no longer be used, bamboo biodegrades within 1-3 years. So it’s saving me money, and it’s good for the planet!
*This reusable coffee cup was sent to me by Reusaboo in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way by any third parties.
I'm Elen Mai, the brains behind Welsh Wanderer and 20-something human biology student from (you guessed it) Wales! Welsh Wanderer is designed with the eco-conscious adventurer in mind. So stick around for tips & tricks on living sustainably.