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The Real Deal on the Reusable Mug and its Environmental Impact

How many times do you have to use a shiny new stainless steel coffee mug before it's better for the environment than takeout styrofoam cups from...

How many times do you have to use a shiny new stainless steel coffee mug before it's better for the environment than takeout styrofoam cups from a local coffeeshop? Maybe as much as every day for over a year, depending on a variety of things, like whether you're washing your mug with an ultra-efficient new dishwasher or by hand. Stainless steel takes quite a bit of energy to produce, and heating up water to wash it after every use also takes energy. Are the mugs bad for the environment? Not exactly. But if you don't drink that much coffee, or if you end up forgetting your mug at home, that reusable mug could actually be as harmful as a disposable cup.

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