PortaVia allows you to take your favourite mug with you out the door

#BYOM

(bring your own mug)

Our mission is to cut down on the needless consumption of disposable paper and plastic cups. We've designed a product that addresses the problem head on, not by producing more, but by using what we each already have, our mugs from home.

 Note: Stats are for Vancouver, Canada. See  Zero Waste Strategy  for the full report.

Note: Stats are for Vancouver, Canada. See Zero Waste Strategy for the full report.

  • 50 billion paper cups are thrown into landfills every year in the US 1
  • Paper cups are not recyclable because of the polyethylene liner
  • Only 1-2% of coffee drinkers bring their own cup to cafes, even with a 10 cent discount incentive.
  • Ever disposable coffee cup is responsible for 0.24 lbs of carbon (C02) greenhouse gas emissions
  • Virgin SBS paperboard has a significantly greater manufacturing impact than does recycled or unbleached paperboard.  2

"Recombining existing assets forces creativity of a different sort: re-forming what already exists to create new and socially rewarding experiences. This is a lean efficiency that can bring enormous design satisfaction as well as social innovation." -Louise St. Pierre, Current, Emily Carr University

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Energy Use

Using glasses in place of disposable PET plastic cups reduced energy use by 98% based on 1 million beverages served in glasses, including environmental impacts of manufacturing, using and washing glasses. 

Water Pollution & Usage

Both ceramic and glass reduced water pollution by 99%. Ceramic reusables reduced water usage by 64%. 

Solid Waste

Ceramic reusables reduced solid waste by 86%, and glass reusables cut solid waste by 88%, by weight. 1