Bring your own mug, but keep it clean

February 18th, 2013 Category: Office Cleaning

Office workers have been advised to bring their own mugs to work in order to promote a more sustainable workplace, but keeping mugs clean could be equally important for the general health of your office.

Boston University recently conducted a study into the amount of disposable cups used in the American workplace, calculating that the average worker in the US uses over 500 disposable cups a year while at work. Added to that, an average of 2.5 million plastic bottles are disposed of every hour in the States, which has led to calls for more sustainable consumption habits, such as using your own mug.

High street shops such as Starbucks, Cafe Nero and Costa already encourage people to get their morning coffee fix using renewable containers, but there have been calls for businesses to implement similar policies in the workplace. Every worker has their own uniquely-designed cup at home, so why not bring it in to work? Implementing a 'bring-your-own-mug' (BYOM) policy could clean up the company's environmental record as well as save a significant amount of money.

However, there have been some concerns cited over office cleaning, with Charles Gerba, a professor of environmental microbiology at the University of Arizona, telling Men's Health that around 20 per cent of mugs carry fecal bacteria. He said: "Colonies of germs are living in your favourite cup," which is why giving your mug a good clean is very important.

This could mean taking the mug home with you at night and washing it in the dishwasher to ensure it gets the required attention. Another solution could be to leave a teaspoon of baking soda with hot water in the mug over night. Either way, the extra chore will save your business money and also help the environment.