It's not like we need an excuse to hit the caffeine, sometimes it's the only weapon we have in our daily arsenal just to Get. Us. Through. But National Coffee Week has arrived so what better time to look at a smarter way to get your daily fix.
Despite looking like they’re made of cardboard, 99 per cent of disposable coffee cups, are not recyclable and every minute over one million cups end up in landfills globally. So don't just let your coffee wake you up, let it get you woke and looking for a more environmentally-friendly morning cuppa.
Many of the major coffee retailers are getting behind the crackdown on single use cups by rewarding reusable-cup-holding customers with discounts. We've rounded up the places you can get the best discounts AND some of the most stylish reusable cups out there.
Wake up mamas, there's now no excuse for single use!
YOUR FAVOURITE COFFEE, ONLY CHEAPER
PAUL – 50p off
Starting this week, French bakery group PAUL is really giving reusable cup users something to drink to by doubling their previous 25p discount to 50p - Ooh La La!
This reduces the cost of a "petite" espresso to £1.20 and a "grande" latte to £2.30.
PRET – 50p off
With Pret A Manger popping up on pretty much every corner of London and beyond, it's worth always having your travel mug to hand to avail of their 50p discount.
This deal means you can get their filter coffee for just 49p - that's a discount of more than 50 percent!
STARBUCKS – 25p off all drinks
Not only does Starbucks offer customers 25p off their drink with any reusable cup or mug, they are also currently trialing a 5p paper cup charge in selected central London stores, whereby customers who order a drink in a paper cup are charged an additional 5p, so it really pays to switch.
COSTA – 25p off all drinks
This excludes stores in Northern Ireland and "Proud to Serve" concession stands in other sites such as canteens and petrol stations.
GREGGS – 20p off
With Greggs already at the cheaper end of the high street coffee spectrum, an additional 20p off reduces the cost of a cup of tea to 80p or the most expensive large "speciality latte" to just £2.25.
Fans of the Italian coffee chain won't get any money off but staff will give customers with reusable cups an additional stamp on their loyalty card. Once you've got nine stamps you get a free hot drink.
Style your way to sustainability with our pick of the best reusable cups
Frank Green SmartCup (12oz) Original, £20.99
Beautifully designed, these pod-like coffee cups are inspired by Australian café culture.
We love that you can customise the colour of any bit of these dishwasher-safe cups - one to show off on the tube.
Milk Mutha No Sleep Club (Go Mug), £15
This double-walled porcelain mug from awesome mama brand Milk Mutha is so cool - and so accurately sums up our mental state 90 per cent of the time - you'll want to use it round the house as well as out and about. An instagram dream.
Contigo Pinnacle Travel Mug (300ml), Matte Latte, £23.99
The AUTOSEAL® technology on this bad boy guarantees a 100% leak and spill-proof drinking experience. The seal closes automatically between sips: simply press gently to drink and release to seal. Simples!
ecoffeecup, Seaweed Marine William Morris (12oz) £10.95
Luxe-looking matte cups crafted with recyclable bamboo fibre and secure rubber lids, drinking hole stoppers and heat sleeves. It's nice and light like thick cardboard but actually holds hot coffee without an issue, and wipes clean if there are any spills.
Rex London Bicycle Riders Bamboo Travel Mug (400ml), £9.95
Say 'on yer bike' to single use cups with this biodegradable bamboo fibre cup. Simple, stylish and re-cycle-able ;)
Tefal Travel Cup (0.2l) Pink, £12
Hot coffee and hot pink, what a combo. We especially love the 360 drinking edge and stylish silicone grip, making swigging on the run child's play.
KeepCup Brew Cork Edition, Espresso, £19
KeepCup reckons it’s made the world’s first barista-standard reusable cup, and its simple, well-made models are a great alternative to disposables. Heavy-duty, BPA-free plastic and solid lids with effective stoppers won’t spill coffee even at crazy angles during that tube crush.
Paperchase Palm Print Insulated Cup, £8
This sunny yellow palm print brightens up any morning and it's nice and light to keep in your handbag so you always have it to hand for that just-in-case caffeine emergency.
Paperchase Palm Print Cup With Straw, £7
Reusable cups aren't just for hot drinks. As the sunshine strikes this week it's officially frappuccino season so hit that ice ice baby, sustainable style but still with a straw to slurp through.