Do you want to pass on plastic but want a reusable coffee cup that’s small enough to carry in your handbag, laptop case or nappy bag? I’m a huge fan of eco coffee cups, like my beloved eCoffee Cup but they can be cumbersome and take up space that as a mum you don’t often have. I’m always looking for new ways of reducing our plastic usage.
I saw an advert going around on Facebook and Instagram for a collapsible coffee cup by Shallow Footprints, so I got in touch and they’ve kindly sent me some samples to review.
They sent me a 450 ml cup, a 350 ml cup and also a water bottle. They’re BPA and made of silicon. They concertina into themselves when note in use and can be constructed within seconds. I admit they seemed a bit tricky at first to fold back onto themselves but eventually I got the hang of it and now it takes a couple of seconds.
Both coffee cups are a good size and despite concerns that they might be a bit squishy, they were surprisingly sturdy and held drinks well. The plastic ring you slip over it means you don’t burn your hands, and the rigid lid means you keep your drink hot and contained in the cup when you’re walking about. I loved the fact that the lid screws on, unlike many which just clip over the top of the cup. It really is leak proof. I even managed to knock it over and I didn’t spill a drop.
I was less convinced by the water bottle at first, but to be honest I’m being a bit fussy there. It holds a lot of water, so if you filled it right up, then drank most of it, you would be left with a saggy bottle I think. It doesn’t take long though to fold it back to its original size, or to the midway point that I ended up being happy with. I love the fact that it does fold into a pretty compact size and would be so easy to clip onto your bag or pram.
So, stop adding to the billions of coffee cups and plastic bottles discarded every year and start carrying on your own. With cups this small it really isn’t an inconvenience.