Reusable Coffee Cups and Travel Mugs Will Save You Money

Did you know coffee shops give you a discount if you bring your own reusable cup?

If you own a reusable coffee cup or are about to make the switch, you are on the front line for the battle against single-use disposables.

Owning a reusable travel mug is a quick way to eliminate a lot of disposable waste that isn’t usually recycled!

As well as being more sustainable, keep cups will save you money at the till!

That’s right, most coffee shops now give you a discount for using a reusable coffee or reusable tea cup. Check out these SoleCup products where you can get a cup for both coffee and loose tea.

Single-Use Cups

Most single-use cups cannot be recycled, this is because they have a polyethylene layer that is very hard to separate from the paper.  Consequently, there’s only a few specialist centres in the UK that do it. As a result, approximately 2.5 billion are thrown away each year in the UK and they take about 50 years to break down! 

The UK government has threatened to ban the use of single-use cups entirely but haven’t done so yet.  They’ve also discussed a ‘latte levy’ suggesting that customers may have to pay more if they use a disposable cup.


In response to this, coffee shops offer discounts of up to 50p per drink if you have a reusable cup. That means if you buy one coffee each working day you could save £130 per year.  That is a real saving! If you buy a stylish travel mug like this one it will have paid for itself in 6 weeks.

This goes for tea too, you can now get barista friendly reusable tea cups with infusers.  So if you usually go for the loose tea option, taking one of these cups with you will earn you a discount as well.

So where can you get the best discounts for reusable cups and travel mugs?

We’ve put together the following list of savings offered by some of the countries favourite coffee shops:

Coffee Shop Discounts:

Paul: 50p

‌Pret: 50p

Giraffe: 50p 

‌Leon: 45p

Starbucks: 25p 

Costa: 25p

M&S: 25p

Greggs: 20p

Virgin Trains: 20p 

Caffe Nero: Double Rewards

And there are some others that deserve a mention:

Wholefoods: 50p 

Subway: 25p 

Picturehouse Cinema: 25p

SOHO Coffee: 25p 

Coffee Republic: 15p

Timhortons: 10p

Spicer + Cole: 15p 

If you would like more info on discounts for reusable cups take a look at this article. ‌‌

Thanks for reading!




Gabby · April 11, 2020 at 2:00 pm

I don’t drink coffee, but this is super helpful for those who do! I think it’s awesome that coffee shops give you a discount for using your own cups. Saving money and being more sustainable? A win-win. Thanks for sharing.

Much love always,

katelyn | embark to explore · April 11, 2020 at 6:10 pm

Omg i had no idea places like Greggs, Pret and Subway even offered discounts! Who knew? Amazing, that you so much for sharing!

Charity · April 11, 2020 at 6:18 pm

That sounds like such a great idea! And how awesome the some companies give you a discount for using your own cups!

Ro · April 12, 2020 at 5:28 pm

Yes! I must admit that I’ve only started using reusable cups recently, but I love it now! It helps the environment and as you mentioned, in many instances you receive a discount for doing so! I had no idea that Whole Foods does it, too, though! Thank you for sharing these!

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