Each year Americans throw away about 25 billion paper cups. Not recycled—tossed into a landfill. We’re talking nearly 363 million pounds of waste. In fact, disposable containers (so, paper and styrofoam cups and also plastic bottles) make up 18 percent of our total garbage.
That’s a huge chunk of waste that’s really easy to eliminate—by simply committing to (and remembering to!) use a reusable mug for your morning coffee or tea.
The good news is it’s getting more fun to ditch the paper cup, with many startups and companies innovating to create unique, eco-friendly and savvy travel cups. Here are some of the most innovative travel mugs out there.