We seek ways to improve our day-to-day actions and their impact on our planet. As a firm, we are committed to designing sustainably. Recently we’ve taken steps to improving our internal sustainable practices. Last spring we started composting in our communal kitchen. Our next step was to minimize use of paper cups around the office.
From cradle to grave, the difference in carbon emissions between using a reusable container and a disposable one depends on three main factors: manufacturing, washing, and disposing/recycling. For example, the environmental impact associated to making, using and disposing a paper cup is about 19 times lower than that making, using and washing a ceramic mug. That means that if you use your mug twice a day, in a week you will have already offset its carbon impact. What you may not know is that the energy use intensity of re-usable containers made of a recyclable material such as plastic, glass, or stainless steel is half of that of a ceramic mug.
Operating under the assumption; recyclable is good; reusable is better, we searched for reusable cups we loved. We were looking for cups made of recyclable material with a great design. We found that in JOCO cups and last week our order arrived! JOCO cups offer glass reusable coffee cups that are lightweight, durable and free from harmful chemicals. Every cup comes with a bright thermal sleeve to keep beverages warm and a corresponding lid. Now when you visit our office you’ll see pops of color on everyone’s desk.
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