Mug Project

The Mug Project is a campus-wide initiative to eliminate single-use containers and bottles and save natural resources.

How Does It Work?

UT students, faculty, and staff can bring their own mug of twenty-four ounces or less and receive ninety-nine-cent drip coffee and fountain beverages, a savings of forty cents or more. The program also offers 15 percent off specialty coffee beverages. More than 90 percent of Volunteer Dining locations are participating, including Starbucks, Einstein’s, Quiznos, and Subway.

Why Use a Reusable Mug?

Cups cost restaurants money and those costs are transferred to the consumer. Also, waxy paper cups and styrofoam cups cannot be recycled locally, which costs the university money to send them to the landfill. Most of all, cups cost huge amounts of energy and natural resources to make and transport.

UT’s 27,000 students use an estimated 3,225 cups per day. Over the course of a year, that requires 485 trees, 290,000 gallons of water, and 360 million BTUs of energy—enough to power four households for a year.