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Against paper waste

Reducing the use of paper cups: Studierendenwerk offers the reusable MensaCup!

For breakfast, as wake-up drink, between lectures or in the afternoon break – drinking coffee has become a habit in students’ life. However, most of them don't drink it in the cafeteria but take it as “coffee to go”. Nearly 400 000 hot drinks per year are served in paper cups in the dining halls, cafeterias and coffee bars. Convenient for students as they are often under time pressure – but bad for the environment!

Why are disposable cups harmful to the environment?
Disposable cups cannot be recycled because the inside is coated with plastic. Therefore, they cannot be thrown away as paper waste. What is more, the cups are covered with a plastic lid that is also disposed of after a single use. In order to reduce waste produced by the cups, Studierendenwerk wants to take a step towards sustainability and against throwaway society.

The MensaCup: Unbreakable and dishwasher-safe
By buying the MensaCup in our dining facilities coffee fans not only avoid waste but also save money: Customers who drink from the reusable cup pay the usual price for coffee, cappuccino, espresso, latte and other hot drinks. A disposable cup costs 10 Cents extra.

The reusable MensaCup is available in four different colours and is sold in all Studierendenwerk dining halls. It is made of non-breakable quality plastic and does not contain bisphenol-A. It is dishwasher-safe and can be put into the microwave. The cup costs 5 € - and the first drink served in it is free!

Customers who help reduce paper waste pay

  • the normal price for hot drinks when they buy them in the MensaCup or in a different reusable cup.
  • 10 Cents extra when they use a paper cup.

About the MensaCup

  • Reusable cup
  • Material: Unbreakable quality plastic, free from bisphenol-A
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • With leakproof lid
  • Price: 5 € including the first drink served in it


Sustainability in Studierendenwerk
Sustainability gets more and more important for Studierendenwerk Aachen. We act with environmental awareness and deal with raw materials and energy in an economical way. For instance, we cook with seasonal and regional products and construct residence halls according to resource saving and energy efficient standards. More information


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