ALL occasions, GIFT IDEAS | April 9, 2008

Reusable Coffee Sleeves to Save the Earth

reusable coffee sleeves :: cupkozy :: hip grip cup sleeve :: bentwood coffee cuff

When I bought my latte to go yesterday, I felt bad again for not having a recycled coffee sleeve. At least I could reuse for a few runs the cardboard sleeve I got at the coffee shop. But usually I finished my coffee while working or talking to someone, so I forget to keep it.

Today I am proud of myself because I acted. I bought three coffee sleeves on etsy. I went for the CupKozy II that is made of felt. I bought one in each accent color: orange, pink and green. I planned to carry two with me. I will keep the third one on reserve for when I need a tiny gift.

What I like about the one I selected is the key ring. Apparently once it is rolled up the coffee sleeve is about the size of lip balm tube.

Features to look for in a reusable coffee sleeve

  1. It is best to find a model that fits most 12, 16 and 20 oz. disposable coffee cups.
  2. To make sure you use it all the time, check that if it easy to carry around.
  3. Must be easy to clean

A cool option with a pocket

I saw the Hip Grip Cup Sleeve on Real Simple. The coolest thing about that is come with a pocket to store a few bills or the coffee club card. If you like to grab your java or tea after your jogging run in the park, I am sure you will appreciate the pocket.

Hip Grip Cup Sleeve is reversible with two fun prints. I did not buy it because I prefer a toned down pattern. As summer is arriving, I may wish I got a bolder fabric. For sure, the practicality is amazing.

An upscale version

The third one is a pure indulgence. You use it when you want to impress. Handmade with reclaimed architectural veneer offcuts, the Bentwood Coffee Cuff performs double duty. The concept is that you wear it as a bracelet once you finished your coffee. It is a good idea in principle. But every fashionable girl knows that wearing the same bracelet every day is out of the question. So you need to be more creative to carry the Bentwood Coffee Cuff around.

But the Bentwood Coffee Cuff is definitely the most stylish coffee sleeves I have seen so far. There are three wood veneers to chose from: bird’s eye maple, black walnut and benge.

This concept emerged from the design duo at Contexture Design. They are a design firm located in Vancouver, BC. Their unique products are sold online and at selected retailers in Canada, the United States, UK, Australia and Italy.

Sourcing:
Buy online: CupKozy II in Heather Grey and Green by cupkozy on etsy – price: $7 USD
Buy online: Hip Grip Cup Sleeve at Solutions – price: $14.95 USD
Buy online: Bentwood Coffee Cuff by Contexture – price: $68 CAD
Learn more: Retail locations for Contexture Design products
Via: Coffee Cuff – ‘Wear your java jacket’ published on bookofjoe
Via: CupKozy II on Design Crush

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12 Responses to “Reusable Coffee Sleeves to Save the Earth”

  1. You find the coolest accessories!

    A reusable coffee sleeve – what a great gift idea. I’ll even get one for myself. So much better than using a wad of paper napkins…

    Thanks for the link!

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    When I bought my latte to go yesterday, I felt bad again for not having a recycled coffee sleeve. Today I am proud of myself because I bought mine on etsy. I am showing three different models including a coffee sleeve that is also a wood bracelet.

  3. These are a great idea. If we all do just a little bit…
    Gina

  4. Well, these are so cute and would make such a nice small gift for the coffee lover! Thank you!

  5. I’ve found another company that makes them called Coffee Cuff. LOVE the fabrics and the price was great. Thanks for making me think of a better way to have my coffee and help the environment!

  6. I came across a similar idea at Coffee Cozy Cafe: http://www.coffeecozycafe.com/

  7. I make and sell these coffee sleeves on etsy.com. Throw them in the wash for easy cleaning, for $5 they make great gifts for the coffee lovers on your list!

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  9. I have been using hip grips for a long time. Check out Allie Walker designs for a large array of patterns, many of them in the “not so bright” category. My favorite new one is the Sherpa. They also have fleece. They certainly have the best selection of anyone.

  10. Hello,

    I have an invention which have close relationship with resusable cup sleeve. I would like to know how about the profit made by your cup sleeve per month, dose it can make your ends meet? What is your markteting solution? Any kinds of advice will be appreciated!

  11. A dicision of whether apply a patent or not has not been made now. My email: yaoliang111@hotmail.com

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