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Our Story:

Joe Cup was dreamed up by Christy and Joe Ortiz. A few years ago we started trying to live more sustainably by looking for earth-friendly alternatives to chemical products and plastics.

As we started to surround ourselves with natural products and rid our lives of plastics and excess waste, one thing stood out - single use coffee cups. They're literally everywhere and they're terrible!

We intend Joe Cup to be a new generation of reusable takeaway cup. It's created with the world's fastest growing, most sustainable crop - bamboo.

Did You Know?:

During the manufacturing process, paper coffee cups are laminated with a plastic resin called polyethylene? This helps keep beverages warm and prevents the paper from absorbing liquids and leaking — but the plastic also prevents the cup from being recycled.

Need more convincing? Let’s take a look at the numbers: 16 billion paper cups are used for coffee every single year. This translates to over 6.5 million trees cut down, 4 billion gallons of water wasted, and enough energy used to power nearly 54,000 homes for a year.

Plus, many coffee shops offer discounts to customers that bring their own mugs (at Starbucks, it’s a 10 cent discount). More importantly, though, by switching from paper cups to a Joe Cup, you’ll also help save paper, reduce chlorine used to bleach cups and lessen your contribution to landfills.

Four reasons why to use a Joe Cup:

  1. Styrofoam free: According to the EPA, 25 billion Styrofoam cups are thrown away each year in the US and have the potential to stay in the landfill for 500 years. Styrofoam is made from polystyrene, a petroleum derived material. In addition to the harm done to the planet, polystyrene is also considered carcinogenic and has been shown to leach from polystyrene, especially when the inside liquid was hot.


  1. Paper free: Even though paper may seem like a better choice than Styrofoam, paper cups are lined with a type of plastic called polyethylene so the cup won't just turn to mush. Unfortunately, the glue used to hold those paper cups together partially dissolves when the coffee is poured into the cup, releasing trace amounts of toxins, such as melamine, into the coffee. And unlike newspaper and cardboard boxes, disposable paper cups are not recyclable because of the combination of materials. Not to mention the 20 million trees that are cut down each year for coffee cups.


  1. Plastic Free: Coffee cup lids are made of plastic #6, also known as polystyrene and are known to leach polystyrene, the newest member on the US list of carcinogens. A better alternative is using a silicone or BPA-free lid that can be used repeatedly.


  1. Taste: Bamboo is naturally sterile and organic, so drinking coffee from a bamboo cup will always taste better!