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What Are the Different Types of Travel Mugs?

Back in the ancient days, the typical mugs were carved out of wood, bone, ceramic and clay. With the advancement of technology and innovation, so did the designs and materials used in making reusable coffee mugs.

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As innovation and technology continued to improve, other materials have been introduced such as glass, metal, steel and plastic. It was in the 1980s when travel mugs were first introduced. The primary purpose then was to limit and reduce pollution brought about by disposable coffee cups. The wheels were indeed set in motion when todayís travel mugs have transformed into modern, unique, stylish and innovative.

Most travel mugs today have different features, properties, design and capacity. Some have excellent thermal retention qualities. Meaning they can keep the coffee steaming hot or cold for hours. Some have purposeful lids that provide a leak-proof and spill-proof experience. Others come with silicone sleeves and lids to handle the cup easily especially if the contents are warm.

These nifty and portable mugs have allowed a lot of people to conveniently and safely carry their beverage anywhere. It is indeed our passion and love for coffee that has brought travel mugs to the limelight.

Stainless Steel Travel Mugs

Stainless steel mugs are the most popular and for good reasons. Stainless steel is a sturdy material which makes them the most durable and the most resistant to bacterial growth. Not to mention, stainless steel is highly recyclable. They are also able to withstand extreme conditions and accidental bumps.

Travel mugs that are made from high-quality food-grade stainless steel do not alter the taste or impart any flavor on the drink. As it is made from steel, it is also rust-proof and durable.

Stainless steel travel mugs can either be single-walled or double-walled with vacuum insulation. The most ideal is the double-walled vacuum insulation because of its ability to keep the temperature of the drinks for longer hours. Some can be up to 6 hours whilst others up to 10 hours.

These travel mugs are 100% plastic-free which means no nasty chemicals like BPA could leach into your drinks. BPA or bisphenol a is a chemical linked to hormonal disruptions and other serious health conditions.

Travel mugs that are made from stainless are the perfect travel buddies. With air-tight lids, they ensure a leak-proof and spill-proof experience. No matter how many times they toss and turn inside your bag, youíll less likely find puddles of coffee.

Glass Travel Mugs

Glass travel mugs are also a good alternative to disposable coffee cups. They have been used to reduce pollution in the same way as stainless steel travel mugs do.

There are some travel mugs that are made from high-quality glass such as blown-tempered and borosilicate glass. These glass are durable with a safety feature of silicone sleeve and lids. These accessories allow the user to handle the cup and sip its contents comfortably and safely. At the end of their lives, glass travel mugs can be recycled and the silicone can be composted or recycled.

The only problem with glass travel mugs is itís poor ability to maintain the temperature of the contents. Youíll most likely end up throwing or reheating gone-cold coffee.

Plastic Travel Mugs

Highly resistant plastics like TPE or thermoplastic elastomer have also been used as a material. It is a combination of rubber and polypropylene which is a rigid yet flexible type of plastic.

When made as a travel mug, it can withstand heat and extreme conditions. Because they are flexible, they can be stretched to moderate elongations.

Pokito Collapsible Reusable Coffee Cup is a good example. It can be scrunch down when not in use and popped inside the bag without occupying too much space. As they can be collapsible, they can increase the capacity each time you expand them.

Other Types

Travel mugs can also be made from other materials. These can include bamboo fiber, rice husks and ceramic.

Gosip Rice Husk Cup for example is made from rice husk. It is made free from toxins. It is also reinforced with silicone sleeves and a lid. At the end of its life, the silicone sleeve and lid must be removed and the cup can be crushed or composted.

The only downside about these materials is they are not excellent when it comes to thermal retention. But nevertheless, they are sustainable materials and look after the environment.

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