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The Mug Project

The mug project is a campus-wide initiative to eliminate single-use containers and bottles by encouraging and incentivizing the use of reusable bottles and mugs on campus.

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How Does it Work?

UT students, faculty, and staff can bring their own mug of twenty-four ounces or less and receive $1.19 drip coffee and fountain beverages, a savings of fifty cents or more. The program also offers 15% off specialty coffee beverages. Last year, The Mug Project saved students and staff only $40,000. All that from just bringing your own cup! With over 90% of Volunteer Dining Locations participating, the Mug Project is a sustainable daily change made easy!

How Do I Participate?

Just bring your own mug! You don’t need a sticker, coupon, or anything else to participate in the project. Almost all reusable mugs and bottles are accepted as long as they are 24 oz or smaller. Most participating locations are used to the project, so don’t be afraid to request using your own mug!

Why Use a Reusable Mug?

Cups cost restaurants money and those costs are transferred to the consumer. With the elimination of these costs, the consumer, business, and environment all gain something. In addition, waxy paper cups and Styrofoam cups cannot be recycled locally. This means that UT has to ship all of these cups to the landfill which not only raises out waste output but cost the university money. Most importantly, 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. That’s enough to power four households for a year!

Where Can I Use My Mug?

Lots of places all across the country will let you use a reusable mug. We highly encourage you to ask when visiting any restaurant! For clarities sake, however, below is a list of all of the places on or around campus where you can use The Mug Project Discount.

  • PCB Cafe
  • Southern Kitchen
  • Mabel’s
  • Twisted Taco
  • Subway
  • Qdoba
  • Salad Creations
  • Rising Roll
  • Steak and Shake
  • Panda Express
  • Raising Cane’s
  • Quiznos Sub
  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Which Wich
  • Bento Sushi
  • Einstein Bros’ Bagels
  • Starbucks
  • Jamba Juice
  • Dippers

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