Over the past couple of decades, international coffee chains have gained a foothold in the UK, bringing with them a bewildering but enticing range of hot and cold beverages and a trend for drinking on the go (and in some cases, an unfortunate aversion to paying UK tax… we won’t name and shame. Ask the web!).
This takeover was good news and good timing for our taste buds, but bad news and bad timing for the environment and our understanding of the damage disposable plastic is doing to our world.
In the UK, we drink more than 25,000,000 takeaway coffees every day—and throw away 2,500,000,000 takeaway coffee cups a year (that’s nearly 5,000 being thrown away every minute; scary, huh?). And if you’re wondering why we can’t just make more effort to recycle these un-environmentally friendly beasties, it’s because of their polyethylene coating, which makes them tricky, and far too expensive, to recycle. Only 3 facilities in the UK can split the paper and plastic for recycling and this means less than 1% of these disposable cups are recycled.
MP’s are calling for a 25p “latte levy” on disposable coffee cups and a total ban unless recycling improves. Some leading coffee shops already offer discounts for people who bring their own reusable coffee cups.
So what does this mean for you? It means that now is the perfect time to give your customers, clients and maybe even your staff an eco-friendly, branded, reusable travel mug. You’ll be promoting your brand, helping to save the planet and giving a gift all at the same time—and it’s even a gift that can save them money! Every time your recipients use their mug when buying a drink from these companies, they’ll save money (and be reminded that it’s all thanks to your company!).
Our promotional mugs are always a popular choice as they’re used again and again, but branded coffee travel mugs make even better promotional items because they can be taken anywhere–ensuring your logo or message is also seen again and again, wherever the mug goes!
We offer a wide range of branded travel mugs, all with a large printing area and a choice of mug, lid and grip colour. With many, you also have the option of having a paper wrap around which allows for a massive area of branding or important information. We also stock reusable takeaway cups.
“But which mug do I chose?” we hear you ask. “You have so many!”
Here’s our quick guide to the types of promotional coffee travel mugs and reusable cups we offer, and a look at our bestsellers in each category.
Branded Metal Travel Mugs
Our metal travel mugs are tough, branded insulated travel mugs that will keep your drink as hot or cold as it was when you bought it, and of course, a great eco-friendly option.
Our current bestseller in this category is the stainless steel Contigo Byron Thermal Mug. With a capacity of 470ml, this tall and elegant reusable mug is the king of metal branded travel mugs and will keep your thirst at bay for longer than your average travel mug. It’s double walled, providing vacuum insulation to keep your drink at the perfect temperature. It also has a patented leakproof SNAPSEAL push up, push down sipper and a rubber grip around the body, ensuring you keep a secure hold on it when you’re in a rush!
We stock this mug in deep blue and gunmetal colours, but can also order in lime or red on a longer lead time. While it’s the most expensive of our metal travel mugs, it’s popularity is due to its sleek look and handy grip strip, which make it a good-looking and practical choice.
Also popular is the Rio Photo Travel Mug, which comes in a base colour of silver or white with black fittings. This high quality, double-skinned metal mug can hold 310ml and will keep your drink at just the right temperature until you’re thirsty. It has a screw-on lid and the best of all branding options are available: the choice to brand it with a full colour photo, really showing off your company logo, colours and message in a prominent way, and giving you scope for something visually dramatic. It’s bound to get noticed!
Coming in at number 3 on our metal travel mugs chart is this Beringen Drinking Mug. This deluxe reusable travel mug is made from stainless steel with a black-coated outer layer. The handy flip-top lid is leakproof and the inner steel liner gives the mug excellent thermal properties, meaning users can enjoy the hottest of hot tea, coffee or hot chocolate and the coldest of cold water or juice.
This double-walled mug is one of our larger branded insulated travel mugs and holds 400ml. It can be laser-engraved with your message or logo, giving a classy look to an everyday promotional item.
Branded Plastic Travel Mugs
Now we know what you’re thinking. How can branded plastic travel mugs be eco-friendly?
While it’s true that plastic has got a bad name for itself, that’s due to the difficulties and costs of recycling it and the effects it has on the environment when it breaks down. The real enemy is not plastic per se, but the disposable, single-use plastic items that are thrown away, filling up our landfills and polluting our oceans. Our plastic travel mugs are sturdily made and can be reused again and again, meaning they won’t just be thrown away.
The popular Take Out Coffee Cup with a sliding sipper is available on 5 day despatch—ideal if you’re in a hurry—and holds 350ml. There’s a selection of bright colour combinations for you to choose from (white/amber, white/black, white/blue, white/green, white/grey, white/pink, white/red, white/yellow) and there’s a large branding area at the top for your logo or message. The rubber grip and lid are colour matched for a stylish look and the mug is double walled to maintain the temperature of your drink.
If you’re looking for a more eco-friendly option, you might want to consider our Budget Bamboo Tumbler, which has a pleasingly natural look. With a generous 350ml capacity, this single walled tumbler is made from 50% bamboo fibre and PP and has a silicone lid and grip band. Printing is available to the grip band, and the lid and band are available in orange, turquoise, white, lime green and grey options. This stylish little tumbler makes a great promotional giveaway at events and exhibitions, offering a more eco-friendly alternative to the disposable cups people will otherwise be given at the food trucks and concessions. It might even save them some money!
Branded Takeaway Coffee Mugs
Our branded takeaway mugs are travel mugs with that familiar takeaway cup look. They include our Americano mugs—a range that includes some of our bestselling promotional travel mugs due to the wide range of colours and branding options available, as well as the ability to print in up to six spot colours. These branded reusable coffee cups are dishwasher and microwave safe (and easy to care for equals frequently used, and therefore, frequently seen!). They’re also BPA free.
The Brite Americano range includes: The Americano Medio mug, a 300ml cup made of single wall polypropylene with a silicone grip and a clip-on lid. This hard-wearing, durable mug is manufactured in the UK and can be printed on the grip and lid. You can select different colours for the mug, lid and grip, mixing and matching as you choose from aqua, black, blue, green, lime, mid-blue, orange, pink, purple, red and white to get the look that best complements your branding.
There’s also a full-colour version of this mug if you prefer. Available in the same lid and grip colour options, the Brite-Americano Medio Mug in full Colour is available with a printed full colour wrap, offering a huge branding opportunity and a very sophisticated look, as shown by the images below.
The smaller Brite-Americano Primo Mug in full Colour is a 250ml capacity cup offering the same brilliant branding opportunity, the same clip-on lid, and the same lid and grip colour options, although only the grip is available in silver.
Earthenware Branded Reusable Coffee Mugs
If you prefer something that’s got the feel of a proper mug or cup and a little weight to it, then one of our earthenware branded reusable coffee cups is the answer.
Our Take Away Mug (Dye Sub) is a 270ml take away style coffee mug with a silicon sip lid and a solid feel. It has a capacity of 270ml and there are several lid colours available to match your branding: red, dark blue, green, black and white.
This quality travel mug can be printed in full colour using dye sublimation, so you can be as imaginative and bold as you like with your branding and then finish it off with a complementary lid colour. Nice!
This promotional coffee mug is also available in a 1 colour wrap around print style. Both styles have a minimum order of just 50, making them great options for smaller events or marketing campaigns.
If you’re looking for something reusable that’s more ‘outdoors’ than ‘rushing around town’, then you might prefer our range of reusable water bottles. We have a selection of branded filtered water bottles (some of which double up as infusers), a roll-up water bottle ideal for outdoor activities and camping, and our popular Aluminium Water Bottle.
This sturdy metal water bottle can hold 400ml and has a screw-top lid and carabiner clip to attach it to a belt loop or rucksack. It comes in stylish metallic black, silver, blue, red and green, with branding options including 1 colour wrap around printing.