Drinking coffee from a glass cup is a relatively recent trend that has gained popularity in recent years. However, the practice of drinking coffee from glass cups dates back to the 20th century.
In the early 1900s, glassware became more affordable, and coffee shops began to serve coffee in glass cups as an alternative to traditional ceramic cups. Glass cups were seen as a more modern and stylish option, and they allowed customers to see the rich colors and textures of their coffee.
In the 1950s and 1960s, glass cups became even more popular as coffee culture grew, particularly in Europe. Glass cups were often used in espresso drinks, which were becoming more popular at the time. Espresso drinks like cappuccinos and lattes were served in glass cups so that customers could see the layers of foam and milk in the drink.
Today, glass cups continue to be a popular choice for coffee drinkers, particularly for iced coffee drinks, as the transparency of the glass allows for the vibrant colors and layers of the drink to be visible.
Below are 13 reasons why you should consider using glass coffee mugs, not just for the planet, but also for yourself.
Jiateng Glassware think，The most compelling reason for using a glass coffee mug is that glass coffee mugs are 100% reusable.
The waste from using single-use coffee cups can really add up. Consider, if you are buying coffee out every day you are using 365 single-use coffee cups a year.
And then just throwing them out.
Even if you are only buying coffee once every other day, that is 182 coffee cups a year.
If that is the impact of one person using single-use coffee cups, consider what the impact is of every adult in America who drinks coffee.
According to a survey conducted by the National Coffee Association, 83% of adults, people over the age of 18, in America drink coffee. According to the 2018 US census, there are 253,768,092 adults in America. That means that 210,627,516 adults in America drink coffee.
Of course, how much coffee those adults drink varies, ranging from a few cups a day to a few cups a week. Still, if we assume that on average adults drink a cup of coffee every other day, the possible waste of single-use cups in total for America would be 38,334,300,000 wasted cups a year.
One study found that the number of single-use coffee cups being thrown into landfills could be as large as 54 billion a year.
Let me say that again.
54 BILLION CUPS.
Which is why it is so imperative that reusable coffee cups are used.
This doesn’t even account for how much coffee is drunk around the world. Over ten million tons of coffee is drank around the world every year.
The waste, if most of that coffee if not in reusable containers, is unfathomable.
It is imperative that we, and our friends and family, all use reusable mugs. A great option for a reusable glass coffee mug is the JIATENG Glass Cup, which I will go into more detail about later in this article.
The JIATENG Glass Cup is completely reusable; you just fill it up with your beverage of choice, wash it out, and then use it the next day. Glass coffee mugs are durable, and do not degrade, so you do not have to worry about eventually needing to throw it out.
Glass coffee mugs are incredibly sustainable!
For starters, glass is an eco-friendly, all natural raw material that takes a very small carbon footprint to create. That carbon footprint is even smaller if the glass you are using is coming from recycled glass.
Glass, unlike other materials that mugs can be made of, like ceramic, can be recycled. Glass is one of the only 100% recyclable materials out there. Compared to making glass for the first time from raw materials, glass created from recycled glass reduces air pollution by 20% and related water pollution by 50%.
In other words, make sure your glass coffee mug comes from recycled glass, like our glassware - JIATENG Glass Cup.
At some point you may be done with your glass mug.
Let’s say after years of use, you somehow chipped it.
You can then recycle your glass coffee mug again. Glass after all is 100% recyclable and can be endlessly reused. Your glass coffee mug could be turned into an array of other glass products- the material is that flexible!
Worried that your town may not have the means for glass recycling?
Almost every place in America, and every developing country for that matter, has some kind of infrastructure for recycling glass.
Therefore if you are looking for the most sustainable option for carrying around your morning brew, a glass coffee mug will be perfect for you!
We all have gone to a Starbucks, maybe it was before school, maybe it was before work, and purchased a beverage.
Whether it was a venti or a short, an iced caramel macchiato or black coffee, we didn’t care.
What mattered was the Starbucks’ label on the outside of the cup.
Whatever that label may have meant to us, whether it was a student showing off their bougie beverage, or a coworker showing off their great taste in coffee, in the end, it was us trying to flaunt something.
Looking back though, through an environmental lens, it is clear that it is not the label that mattered.
Rather, what mattered was what the label was on.
A single-use cup.
That symbolized not great coffee, or expensive taste, but rather more trash in our landfills.
More unnecessary waste.
Glass coffee mugs are beautiful because of the sustainability that they symbolize.
They are also beautiful, because, well, glass is beautiful.
Glass is much more aesthetic than a plastic or paper cup could ever be.
What is more elegant? Flimsy plastic and soggy paper? Or a beautifully crafted glass mug?
The choice should be easy.
What you should be showing off is your glass coffee mugs. Not because you are trying to prove something but because you are trying to convince others to join the movement to reduce the waste in our landfills.
The type of glass coffee cup you use can have an impact on the taste of your beverage. Here are some factors to consider:
1. Material: Glass is a popular choice for coffee cups because it is inert and doesn't add any flavors to the coffee. However, there are other materials like ceramic or stainless steel that are also good options.
2. Thickness: Thicker glass cups can help keep your coffee warm for longer, but they can also insulate the flavor of your coffee. Thinner glass cups allow the coffee to cool faster, but they can also help you better appreciate the aroma and taste of the coffee.
3. Shape: The shape of the cup can also affect the taste of the coffee. For example, a wider mouth can help you appreciate the aroma, while a narrower mouth can concentrate the flavor.
Glass coffee mugs are way better for your health than single-use cups.
Plastic is by far the worst kind of cup to drink from. Plastic leaches into your food and beverages, leading to nasty particles infiltrating whatever you may be eating or drinking. One of those particles is petrochemicals, which are full of toxic endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC’s) known as xeno-estrogens.
It is not uncommon for these particles to enter the food and bevrages that plastic may be in contact with. In fact, the State University of New York in Fredonia conducted tests on plastic water bottles and found that 93 percent of bottled water samples evaluated showed signs of contamination by microplastics.
It is also extremely important that you check that whatever plastic product you may be using does not contain BPA. The American Academy of Pediatrics determined that BPA, which is used to harden plastic containers, acts like estrogen in the body, potentially changing, “the timing of puberty, decreases fertility, increases body fat, and affects the nervous and immune systems.”
They also determined that phthalates, which make plastic flexible, can affect, “male genital development, increase childhood obesity, and contribute to cardiovascular disease." The Consumer Product Safety Commission went as far as banning the use of phthalates in child-care products like toys, teething rings, and other things that children may be tempted to put in their mouth.
Glass does not release any chemicals or carcinogens into your beverages, no matter their heat. If you are looking for the option that will be the best for your health, a glass coffee mug is the way to go.
One way to save money with a glass coffee cup is to use it instead of disposable cups when purchasing coffee from coffee shops. Many coffee shops offer discounts to customers who bring their own reusable cups. By using a glass coffee cup, you can save money and reduce waste by avoiding the need for disposable cups.
Another way to save money with a glass coffee cup is to make your own coffee at home and bring it with you in the cup. Brewing your coffee at home is typically much cheaper than buying coffee from a coffee shop, and using a reusable cup eliminates the need to purchase disposable cups.
Additionally, investing in a high-quality glass coffee cup can save you money in the long run. Glass is a durable material that can withstand repeated use and is less likely to break or wear out quickly. By investing in a durable glass coffee cup, you can avoid having to replace it frequently, which can save you money over time.
Overall, using a glass coffee cup can be a simple but effective way to save money and reduce waste.
A reusable glass mug is way better for you, and for the planet, than a single-use plastic cup.
Paper disposable cups are often lined with polyethylene, a chemical that makes them hard to recycle and can also leech into your drink, making it slightly toxic. Paper cups are lined with polyethene to make them liquid-resistant so they don’t turn to mush when you add beverages to them.
Polyethylene isn’t the only thing that can leech into your drink from paper cups.
The glue that holds paper cups together can also dissolve into your beverage if it is hot. When the glue dissolves it releases trace amount of toxins into your beverage. Included in those toxins is melamine, which is a form of cyanide.
Yes, I mean the poison cyanide.
Glass coffee mugs require no added chemicals, no carcinogens, no chemicals, just glass, making it not even a contest when considering whether paper or glass is better for your health.
Not only are paper cups bad for your health, they are also terrible for the planet’s health.
Each year, over 20 million trees are cut down to make paper cups.
Paper cups also often have a cardboard sleeve, which frequently people throw out along with their non-recyclable disposable cup, creating even more waste.
Glass coffee mugs, like the JIATENG Glass Cup, don’t require a protective sleeve. The thick glass, and cork sleeve, keep the heat in using natural methods that don’t create unnecessary waste.
Already you have heard about all the downfalls of plastic: how chemicals from it can leach into food, and how it is generally not great for your health to drink out of it. Plastic cups, which can have health side effects like medical imbalances, disrupting hormones, and even giving you cancer, are also terrible for the planet. Many plastic cups that coffee houses use for iced to-go beverages use #5 polypropylene plastic. This type of plastic, although technically recyclable, is not accepted by most curbside programs.
It is not just plastic cups that re not sustainable or good for your health, but also plastic lids.
Plastic lids that come on top of paper and plastic cups often contain active carcinogens. Plastic coffee cup lids are typically made of plastic #6 which is also known ad polystyrene and commonly leaches styrene, a carcinogen.
They are also often very difficult to recycle, making them a terrible option in regard to sustainability.
Glass coffee mugs on the other hand are silicone, carcinogen, chemical, and BPA free.
Styrofoam is a sustainability and health nightmare.
It is absolutely terrible for the environment. When thrown out, Styrofoam can last in landfills for over 500 years. It does not degrade over time at all.
Whoever invented it REALLY had it out for the planet.
Even more unfortunate is that the EPA determined that the US throws out 25 billion Styrofoam cups every year.
That is 25 BILLION Styrofoam cups that will never degrade in our landfills.
Not only is it harmful for the planet, it is also harmful for you to digest. Styrofoam is made from polystyrene which is a petroleum derived material. The liquid from polystyrene, which is called styrene, is also carcinogenic. When polystyrene gets hot, because a hot beverage is inside it, it leaks styrene which can be very harmful to consume.
Smooth Surface: Look for a glass coffee cup with a smooth surface. This will make it easier to wipe clean, and also reduce the chances of coffee stains sticking to the surface.
Wide Opening: A glass coffee cup with a wide opening will make it easier to clean the inside of the cup. It will also make it easier to dry the cup after cleaning.
Dishwasher Safe: If you have a dishwasher, look for a glass coffee cup that is dishwasher safe. This will save you time and effort when it comes to cleaning.
Stain Resistant: Look for a glass coffee cup that is stain resistant. This will make it easier to remove any coffee stains that may occur.
Glass coffee mugs are perfect for any beverage- cold or hot.
The glass works really well in both trapping in heat, and keeping in the cold.
The glass is thick and sturdy in most glass mugs. The JIATENG Glass Cup not only has thick, durable glass to keep in the heat or cold, it also has a cork band around it to protect your hands from the temperature within.
Also, no mater the temperature your beverage will taste fresh, clean, and pure coming out of a glass coffee mug.
Unlike plastic, glass does not melt in the dishwasher.
This makes glass, which is already incredibly easy to clean, way easier to clean.
It also makes washing your glass safer.
Because when materials like plastic melt in the dishwasher they often release microplastics. Those microplastics than disperse and cling to other dishes. Then, when you use those dishes, you are ingesting those microplastics. These microplastics contain the harmful chemicals and carcinogens I mentioned above.
Play it safe, use a glass coffee mug.
It’s official: glass coffee mugs are awesome.
But now the question is: which mug should you buy?
I have mentioned it before, and I will mention it again: you NEED to try our glassware - JIATENG Glass Cup!
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