Hug a mug

We are currently in the middle of Plastic-free July – an event aimed at getting people to cut down on single-use plastics. Things like straws and plastic shopping bags are relatively easy to give up for most people (I don’t tend to use either now), but some things are less obvious. For example, disposable coffee cups: with their plastic lids and plastic-coated cardboard that’s generally not recycled or, indeed, recyclable, and often can’t be composted. The answer, of course, is simple – get a reusable cup and ask the coffee shop to put your drink in that.

One of the problems with the re-usable (and disposable) versions is that many of them don’t have handles. Last year, I crocheted a cover with a thin handle for my (very elderly and well-used) cup, so that I had some way of keeping a hold of it:

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cup holder in use (on a train)

When my friend Katie saw this, she asked if I could make her one too. I liked mine, but I decided that it could be improved upon, so I bought a KeepCup and started to experiment. In the end I came up with a cover that has two handles, so that you can easily hold on to your cup, and also give your mug a hug:

This cup and cover is with its new owner now and I’ve had good feedback. Now, isn’t that so much nicer than a cardboard cup that you simply throw away?

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  1. Fab idea, I think you could be onto something!

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  2. Brilliant!

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  3. Annie

     /  July 14, 2017

    The problem we found with asking for your drink in your own mug, is that they simply transfer it from the disposable one to your own. The only solution we found, is to be a little more picky with where we go to get the drink in the first place. Like your design though. Be good for the beer tent when things become somewhat less stable! XX

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  4. We’ve been using Thermos cups for a good few years now, and they have the added advantage of keeping the coffee hot for much longer – 8 hours! Being steel, the coffee shops have no objection to making the coffee in them instead of in the paper cups. They have also have a pop-top so the coffee doesn’t go everywhere if you knock them over (which we regularly do), and a built in handle, but aren’t nearly so handsome as your crochet version!

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  5. I think that is fabulous and if I were a coffee to go kind of person I would be ordering one from you. I’m sure there are a lot of folk out there who would love one of these!!

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  6. I can second Pauline on that. Most places here in the states are happy to let you bring your own mug so I always have one with me. But I love the crocheted cozy. Quite the conversation starter. I reuse anything plastic I have to use. My straws go in a bit of bleach water after a week of use and I carry my own since I still require one to drink anything at all. I bring my own take away containers if we are eating out and I always expect not to be able to finish a meal. I have a nylon bag attached to my purse in a nice little bundle that can be used to carry things home discreetly. 🙂 What did we do before we had plastic. I don’t know what I’d do without my straws (dribble horribly) but no point in being wasteful about it.

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    • Sounds like you have it sorted. I think being organised is the key. I understand that it’s possible to get metal straws now, but not needing to use a straw this is an option I haven’t investigated – your reuse sounds very sensible.

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      • I have tried the metal and glass straws. They present the same kind of problem when you have a mouth that has paralysis and no grip. Small straws that are soft and pliable work best in those conditions. It’s the place where plastic fills a need but we must still be mindful of waste and harm to our earth. I am quite frugal with my plastic and count my blessings that it is available so I’m not caught out in public dribbling down my chin. 🙂

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  7. Laurie Graves

     /  July 15, 2017

    You bet it is! And so pretty, too.

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  8. Terrific. Being hugger mugger with a mug hug! I think I need one,any chance of a pattern please.

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  9. Murtagh's Meadow

     /  July 15, 2017

    Very inventive:-)

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  10. What a clever cup holder, Jan. This is charming.

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  11. Very inventive of you – and it doubles up as a handwarmer too.

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  12. You clever thing! I love the “handles” (not to be confused with love handles, which I don’t appreciate at all).

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  13. What a great idea! Love it 🙂

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