I Am Not a Paper Cup: A ceramic travel mug that looks disposable (but it's not).
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I Am Not a Paper Cup

A ceramic travel mug that looks disposable (but it's not).

I Am Not a Paper Cup
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The latte from your favorite coffee house might have been brewed from sustainable beans, but the disposable paper cup and accompanying plastic lid holding your java probably isn't doing the planet any favors.

Take your joe on the go in sustainable style and pick up the "I Am Not a Paper Cup", a ceramic and silicone travel mug styled after a wasteful one-time-use cup. The mug delivers a shot of quirky pick-me-up through its styling and a warming sense that you're putting less garbage in landfills.

Features & specs

  • Reusable travel cup
  • Materials: ceramic mug with silicone lid
  • Dimensions: 6" x 3.5" diameter (widest point)
  • Capacity: 12 ounces
  • Double-walled porcelain
  • Insulating internal cavity
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Microwave-safe
  • Silicone sipping lid can withstand temperatures up to 446°F

Permanent paper

One way to use fewer paper cups is to stop drinking coffee. Yeah, right. Barring that, you could keep the same dirty disposable cup and tuck it in your back pocket for the next time you visit your caffeine dealer barista. That's gross.

A better way is to take your "I Am Not a Paper Cup" and fill 'er up. Stylishly subversive, the ceramic mug gives you an out from unnecessary waste while enjoying a brew from home or at the coffee house.

Fun fact: many cafés offer discounts on your drink if you bring in your own cup!

Double-walled porcelain mug with silicone sipping lid
White is the new green.

If these double walls could talk...

...they'd say, "I Am Not a Paper Cup. I'm not merely as good as a paper cup, either; I'm better. Not only do I create less waste but I'm also more insulative. I have a silicone lid that's great at trapping heat and comfortable for you to sip from. And I have two ceramic walls with an insulative barrier in between, keeping your hot drinks hotter for longer. No, I'm not a paper cup, but I am your new best friend. So take me everywhere you travel."

Silicone lid: keeps beverage hot and prevents spills; hollow cavity: two layers of porcelain are separated by an insulated hollow cavity.
"I Am Not a Paper Cup" is so hot right now.

Reduce, REUSE, recycle

A pile of paper cups in the garbage
Waste not, want that.

Stamping arrows on paper cups and plastic lids is better than nothing, but it's not great:

  • 6.5 million trees are required to make the 16 billion paper cups used each year in the US.
  • Paper cups amount to 253 million pounds of waste each year. Dang.
  • The plastic coating on the inside of most paper cups is not easily compostable or recyclable.

Just peek into the garbage bin the next time you're in Starbucks to see the problem first hand. In addition to recycling, conserving resources means we all need to step up and start reusing things. And when the alternative is as useful and attractive as "I Am Not a Paper Cup", there's no excuse not to do better.

Durable drinking vessel

With a matte finish, the ceramic "I am Not a Paper Cup" could be mistaken for its disposable counterpart. But instead of getting crushed or leaking, this magnificent mug can withstand thousands of uses. And as a cup for hot coffee, of course it can stand the heat, so feel free to pop it in the microwave. Plus, like other clever commentaries on wastefulness, it's fully dishwasher-safe.

Microwave-safe and dishwasher-safe
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Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Does the lid screw on?

Answer: No, the silicone lid friction-fits onto the flared lip of the ceramic cup for a snugly secure fit.

Question: Does it feel like a paper cup?

Answer: Since it's made from matte finish ceramic with a silicone lid, it has a sturdier feel and no leaky seams, but it sure looks like a paper cup!

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