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Giveaway :: KeepCup

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

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Coffee or tea? This is a legitimate question, folks. While I am slightly obsessed with pu-erh tea, I must admit to being a lover of coffee. My better half roasts coffee for a living so it definitely is a staple in our house and before we drive anywhere, we pack water and juice in portable cups for the kids and coffees for us. Trouble was finding a cup that didn’t leak, wasn’t ugly, and still fit in our hands as nicely as those white paper cups with lids. I honestly felt as though it was a losing battle. That such a cup didn’t exist.

Enter Abigail Forsyth and KeepCup. My own words fail to express the beauty of this enterprise so I’ll borrow this explanation:

KeepCups mission is to encourage the use of reusable cups. We do this by delivering engagingly executed and sustainably procured innovative products.

We offer our product in the context of a positive global campaign that strives to make a difference to how people think about convenience culture.

We do this by engaging people in three key ways, people who love coffee, people who care about the environment and people who appreciate good design.

Finally! A reusable cup that not only makes me feel good but that I actually prefer over my usual white disposable cup. Sustainability, aesthetic appeal, functionality. Win/win.

KeepCup is giving away one family of KeepCup including a 4oz, 8oz, 12oz, and 16oz KeepCup. To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, April 3rd. Comments now closed…good luck!
Please visit KeepCup and let’s share our sustainability stories. What is your favorite way to Recycle/Reuse/Reduce?
Start checking the winners box on Monday, April 8th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    latanya says:

    We recycle all our boxes and bottles.

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    Emma says:

    I try to think like a consumer in the long-term, rather than just one week or one event out. For example, that t-shirt might be cheaper than the one over there, but the one over there is made from high-grade recycled natural fibers, whereas that one is synthetic, crooked and clearly will not hold up well in the washer. Consequently, if I by that tshirt, I will throw it out in three weeks once it has lost its shape. Thus, I try to buy things I know will last longer. Alternatively, I will buy things that have already had a long life to avoid that new things are produced; vintage furniture, for example, and second-hand kitchen supplies. For me, who is fortunate to live in a place where recycling is taken seriously and therefore essentially second-nature to all households, focusing on reducing my consumption makes a bigger difference.

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    Brittany K says:

    it seems small, but every day i reuse my iced coffee cup as my water cup for the rest of the day. hydrated and helping the earth!

  4. 4
    Juliet Farmer says:

    i use one glass all day long, rinsing between uses (if necessary) instead of dirtying several glasses throughout the day. i also only flush when “necessary”. 😉

  5. 5
    deborah foster says:

    We have chickens. we give them left overs, they give us eggs! we also live in Portland, a city that that is whole heartedly into recycling.

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    jenn says:

    We recycle everything we can! Our neighborhood doesn’t recycle so we lug all our recycling over to my parents once a week which is mainly newspapers/magazines. We never use paper plates, plastic cups or plastic utensils. 

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    Lacey says:

    My favorite way to reuse is to bring things to my preschool class for them to recreate with.  Toilet paper tubes, cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, fabric scraps, and anything else I’d usually throw out we turn into art together.

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    Satya says:

    We recycle all that we can.  We bring our bags to the grocery store or farmers market.  I’ll bring my own containers to the store for things like oil and almond butter.

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    Redding says:

    We make trips to the recycle center weekly since out area doesn’t collect out recycling at the curb with our trash cans.  We recycle anything that our recycle center accepts, from the cardboard toilet paper rolls to bottles, cans and other household recyclable goods.  I also use my own bags (most of the time) when I go to the store to cut down on my use of plastic bags.  

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    Lori says:

    There are several ways I like to reduce or recycle, but one of my favorites is encouraging all my co-workers to only use one paper napkin at lunch, or to bring their own cloth napkin.  Anyone who sits with me gets a gentle reminder!  

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    A L Hutch says:

    My daughter and I work together. There are twice yearly clothing exchanges at her school I send my work clothes that I am tired of or 🙁 don’t fit and that gives her points to “buy” other used clothing that a student would not be buying.

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    Melissa T. says:

    We use reusable lunchboxes with washable silverware, reusable coffee/iced tea cups, I buy food in bulk and make our own individual servings instead of all the trash that comes with single serving packaging.  (kids snacks are the WORST with this!)  I also bring a reusable bag to the grocery store.  (side tip… throw those bags in the wash every once in awhile.  They can get dirty!)

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    ren says:

    when we moved a year ago, my husband and i looked at what we owned, what we used and what we recycled and we were surprised to discover that we were doing pretty good with all of it. we donate books we’ve finished to friends or the library, we recycle everything we can and we often buy second-hand. but the one thing that stuck in my head was that we don’t buy coffee out. we brew at home and take it with us. my thermos is my buddy (and it’s 10 years old!) and i transfer from thermos to reusable cup. i get my coffee the way i like it and there is no waste. that’s not too shabby!

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    Erin says:

    Reusable cups are one of the primary ways I reduce. I have one for my coffee/tea (though it could keep things hot a little better) and one for my water. In addition, both at home and at work I never throw out a piece of printer paper until it’s been used on both sides – I keep lists on the backsides, or make notes or sketches.

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    Kelly says:

    I always leave a reusable grocery bag in my car for whenever I go to the store

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    Wehaf says:

    The most fulfilling way I practice my three Rs is to compost – the benefits are so tangible and personal, so it’s very rewarding.

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    Lydia says:

    I recycle by knitting plastic bags into a reusable grocery sack!

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    angela the spy says:

    hmm, i recycle most everything by using it as many times as possible…i wash out ziploc bags and use them again and again, and i recycle paper when possible!

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    cindy says:

    My favorite way to re-use and recycle is by being a part of an interactive community. By actually engaging with those around us, we can swap things we need or trade or just pass on. I love the relationship this develops and that it truly makes those around us feel like neighbors and that we are all working together towards a bigger plan.

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    sam says:

    Everything that can be recycled is – the bin is huge and is fed often : )  We reuse all that we can – and waste less by using reusable bottles, containers and insulated bags for school lunches, work and outings.  Reusable bags are in both cars so that there is no excuse to ever use plastic bags. The list of how our family recycles, reduces and reuses could go on and on – I guess that’s a really good thing : ) 
    Love these cups and the fact that I can design my own is awesome!! 

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    Dori says:

    We enjoy hosting friends and family in our home and have made it a point to always use re-usable dishes/cups/cutlery and linen napkins. We love it because it reduces waste, our friends love it because it feels fancy :0) 

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    EB says:

    The truth is, when I think about all the trash we create (both my family and mankind in general) I start to feel claustrophobic and have nightmares about the compounding trash drowning us all (dramatic, I know, but seriously…). Every day I try to cut down the amount of trash we throw out. That includes storing my bulk food in glass mason jars, reusing plastic bottles for water storage, and reusing other scrap paper and items for preschool projects. We are trying to be better and more aware! Education is key!

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    Pumpernickel says:

    We use cloth diapers for our babies. It prevents thousands of diapers in the landfills and means less money from our pockets (literally thousands of dollars per baby). Not to mention the fact that a bright turquoise cloth diaper with stars is SO much cuter than a disposable!

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    Angie says:

    I use reusable cups for my coffees and teas, and I also use reusable containers to store my lunches and snacks daily.

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    Barbi says:

    i repurpose those envelopes wth printing inside, use cut up stocking tops as headbands, repurpose old sox for polishing furniture and shoes, use old bubblewrap as backing for my jewelry board……and the rest of the normal recycling items such as bottles, cans, used cell phones and used glasses.

  26. 26

    We each have stainless steel water bottles and recycle any plastic containers that happen to sneak into our house!

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    Isabella says:

    I use cloth nappies on both of my babies, thursday night is our recycling night so as a family we go through the items that can and can be recycled, my 3 yr old LOVES recycling night and talks about it at daycare the next day!!! My 1yr old just likes to make a mess of the recycling though! 
    I work for a company that is HUGE on recycling so we rarely print things out at work now 🙂

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    Karen Robinson says:

    We focus on the Reduce, they reuse, then recycle. We have a couple of keep cups, and if we forget them, we do not buy coffee in takeaway cups – that simple. Its a comittment that we keep to ourselves, our children and our planet. Same with our SS water bottles, we fill them and taken them or we look for drinking fountains. We also have veg/herb patch, pond in a wheelbarrow, etc, but purchases of drinks in a disposable packaging is a big no no.

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    Normie Martella says:

    I love using my KeepCup for my protein shake, I can put the protein powder in the cup at home and then just add water wherever I am! Its so convenient and easy!

  30. 30
    Anne says:

    I am admittedly pretty awful about reducing/reusing/recycling, but I do use cloth diapers on my little babe.

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    reeto says:

    My small effort to reduce/recycle/reusing is that I use cloth grocery bags all the time, have gotten out of using paper towels for every other thing. All my food gets stored in glassware

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    Jacqui D says:

    Crafts! So many crafts! I’ve turned old corn, soup tins etc into cute pen and painbrush holders for my craft room, smaller cans into pincushions (using old scraps of material and fluff for torn cushions) made pieces of broken jewellery into new pieces, t-shirts into scarves, old boxes into paper/file holders, old spice racks into nail polish holders, or buttons-n-bits racks. It’s amazing how many useful things you can make with stuff you have laying around broken or ready to throw out.

    I recycle bottles, cans and paper anyway, but I do hold onto anything that could be “repuropsed” into something useful, saving me from throwing it away at all. A quick google will come up with recycling/upcycling results for pretty much any item!

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    Inga says:

    At the moment I am making a stool from tetrapaks. The great thing about the recycle-stool is that it´s so light that a toddler can easily lift it up and it has the perfect size and height that a very small kid can comfortably sit on it. And with the tetrapaks it has enough stability to stay in shape for a long time.

    When I have collected enough tetrapaks to finish it, I will sew a colourful, soft fabric coating.

    And the son of my best friend will get it for his first birthday <3.

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    Benji says:

    When I first saw KeepCup online a few years ago when it launched in Australia, I was amazed at how such a pretty cup can be environmental friendly and gives me saving on coffee. I was mesmerized by it and got my hand on one immediately. Since then, it has been my favorite cup…

    I totally love it and if it is available easily in Singapore, I will buy all my friends a KeepCup for their birthday. 🙂

  35. 35
    jane says:

    ever since we moved to a neighbourhood where they collect our recyclables fortnightly, my whole family (including my non-english-speaking grandma!) has become more aware of recycling, and are taking part in it actively. it’s especially heartening because my grandma who never really appreciated recycling when it first took off in Singapore (it’s troublesome because we have to rinse the bottles and such before putting it out) is now one of the most conscientious recyclers in the home; she’s the one who tells us to recycle our old bottles etc and reminds my dad to sort the newspapers for recycling! 🙂

  36. 36
    jennifer says:

    I re-use my plastic waterbottle for at least a week instead of always buying a new one.
    Paper and carton gets recycled. I also bring my own bag to go shopping instead of using the plastic ones at the store.
    I try to buy only organic, non-animaltesting beauty products. And I have been a vegeterian since the age of 14 🙂 

  37. 37
    Melinda Sanchez says:

    I always take my Keepcup with my when I go down for a coffee at the office- on of the coffee places even gives us coming with a Keepcup a discount, because they do not need to use a paper cup. I usually keep a grocery bag, in my bag- and I never ask for a plastic bag in the shops. I bought my brother and friends Keepcups for last Christmas and they are very happy with the product 🙂

  38. 38
    Leona says:

    Being a family of seven, we create a.lot of waste. We recycle everything we possibly can. I take my large, fold-up canvas bags, shopping with me.  We filter our water and all have re-useable water bottles. Also with having a family of seven, I need a lot of coffee. The only thing I don’t have is a re-useable coffee cup. 

  39. 39
    Miranda says:

    Our favourite way to recycle is to keep our junk mail, used envelopes, school notes and have a morning with our kids and neighbours kids making paper using our paper making kit. Our home made paper was even used to make our wedding invitations. We also give it as gifts and for letters and making cards. We have added petals, leaves and coloured thread to the pulp mixture – it is a fun, wholesome and free family activity.

  40. 40
    Cindy says:

    We use our Keep Cups!! We have one for dad, mum and Miss 5. Only problem is that we use them so much we need a new set – with some funky colours!!

  41. 41
    Kari S says:

    We recycle and grow out own garden.  We are working on the self sufficient, chickens are on the plans for the summer. Just got finished making over 15 gallons of maple syrup. 

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    Mafalda Santos says:

    Eu recliclo tudo o que posso: jornais velhos para forrar os caixotes do lixo, e assim elimino os cheiros; todas as embalagens pet e plasticos deixo no ecoponto, e cá em portugal, entrego as tampinhas de plasticos (todas) para acoes de solidariedade…agora só me falta ter as keep cups para continuar a recliclar e a proteger o ambiente…espero ganhar 🙂

  43. 43
    Anna Jensen says:

    We recycle everything that we can. Paper, glass, bottles, and cans.

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    Chelsea Pozderac says:

    I run a day program for adults with intellectual disabilities. We had a craft show last Christmas where we sold ornaments made from 90% recycled materials. We get donations from the community and find ways to repurpose the materials. All of our group homes have recycling bins at the houses and our individuals help to separate the materials.
    At home we recycle everything we can! We have the reusable bags we use at the store. When giving a gift I buy a reusable bag (the decorative ones from TJMaxx are my favorite because they are only $1) but then the giftee has the opportunity to reuse the bag for their shopping trips. We have Keep Cups we use for each of us at the house- including our 2 year old who uses one instead of a sippy cup. Would love to have more!

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    Sydney says:

    Don’t leave anything around that could even remotely be made into something in the slightest….because it will become a week long craft project, distract me from my work, and be made into something homey and pretty.

    Dumpster diving is not out of reach in these situations….

  46. 46
    Gali says:

    I live in a 20sq.m., that’s the best way I’ve found of forcing myself to reduce the amount of stuff I buy and use. I just don’t have the place to have anything useless around and it’s rather impressive how many impulsive buys I avoid because I know that I will not have any space to keep whatever I want to buy.

    And I also walk/run/cycle everywhere I can and if I can’t, then I use public transportation. I haven’t had a car in years and have never felt better! 

  47. 47
    HNR says:

    I bought my boyfriend a tiffin and bamboo utensil set with a lunchbox made out of recycled materials as an entering-grad-school present three years ago. He (and I) both still always bring our own non-disposable utensils and containers whenever we’re not eating at home. Also, this made him look very adorable, hip, and sustainably cool for his first day of (grad) school!

  48. 48
    Dana J. says:

    I’ve cancelled all my paper magazine subscriptions and have opted for iPad subscriptions instead.  Hundreds of trees saved…check!!  

  49. 49
    Susan F says:

    I try my best NOT to print anything, but instead to save it to my computer; when I DO have to print – I always print 2 sided

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    Tina_R says:

    I up-cycle a LOT. Fun for me is finding (usually via Freecyle sometimes the curb) furniture and re-purposing it. My favorite piece is a hutch that I had to replace the top and refinish (with some repair) It now holds pride of place and has been used as both a china cabinet and a bookcase.
    Of course I use reusable grocery bags, even for library books. Library books (both paper and eBooks) is another way that I save both trees and money.
    Having parents that grew up in the depression and then myself growing up in a recession, I’ve been recycling before it was called recycling! Making do with what you have is what we used to call it.

    Tina’s my name… upcycling is my game!

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