They walk among us, people so green that they drink their shade grown fair trade organic bird friendly hand ground cubana coffee from reusable mason jars instead of travel mugs or paper cups. And until this great year of 5125 on the Mayan calendar they had no choice but to sit down or walk slowly If they wished to drink their coffee, while their bosses and fast-moving prospective 1 percenters raced through their day with lids on their cups.
The canning jar already makes an awesome platform for a travel mug: it's easy to clean, made of heat-resistant glass, cheap, durable, and when sealed it doesn't leak. The only problem is that with their large openings, canning jars are not great for spill-free sipping while on the move. So we adapted it—made a new lid that lets us drink like a boss from virtually any wide mouth canning jar. It's a simple eco-friendly alternative to poor-performing and messy disposable hot cups, and over-built and expensive travel mugs.
Now I would have thought that the kind of person who drinks their sleepytime from a jar wouldn't be the kind to spend money on a plastic sippy lid. But I could be pleasantly surprised, especially since the standard lids provided for Mason jars are made with a BPA epoxy and this is BPA free.
A couple of years ago TreeHugger Warren noted that in view of the economic downturn, British trendsetters were "advocating the use of glass jars as an alternative drinking vessel to Waterford Crystal." He wrote:
The glass used in jars is thicker and more robust—perfect for kids or inebriated party guests. Nothing more to buy—you already paid for the jam, jelly or whatever came in the jar and scored a drink container for free.
One problem is that glass gets hot, and the designers are probably going to come up with a crocheted sleeve of some kind. Or, I suppose that if you are the type of person who drinks out of jam jars, you could use an old sock.
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